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Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus (1960)

Taken in by distant members of his family after being orphaned, Toby Tyler runs away to join the circus.

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Credited cast:
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Toby Tyler
Henry Calvin ...
Ben Cotter
Gene Sheldon ...
Sam Treat
Bob Sweeney ...
Harry Tupper
Richard Eastham ...
Colonel Sam Castle
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Jim Weaver
Barbara Beaird ...
Mademoiselle Jeanette
Dennis Olivieri ...
Monsieur Ajax (as Dennis Joel)
Edith Evanson ...
Aunt Olive
Tom Fadden ...
Uncle Daniel
Oliver Wallace ...
Bandleader (as Ollie Wallace)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Babs Graham ...
Aerialist
Del Graham ...
Aerialist
Dave Knupp ...
Aerialist
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Taken in by distant members of his family after being orphaned, Toby Tyler runs away to join the circus.

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1.37 : 1
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This film is the only Disney production where Gene Sheldon has a speaking role. See more »

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In the first scene Toby Tyler is supposed to be selling concessions at the circus, but he sits down to watch Mademoiselle Jeanette and Monsieur Ajax performing their acrobatic horse routine instead; the last shot shows Jeanette and Ajax in different costumes because it is a shot from a later scene in the movie where Toby Tyler performs the act with Jeanette. Therefore the last shot of their routine has Toby Tyler performing instead of Ajax. See more »

Quotes

Toby Tyler: Do you swap back the ones that are bad?
Harry Tupper: Bad? I don't vend bad peanuts, boy. Maybe a little underbred timewarn perhaps, but not really bad.
Toby Tyler: [tastes a peanut] Tastes bad.
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Biddle-Dee-Dee
Written by Diane Lampert and Richard Loring
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When the circus comes to town
3 June 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Walt Disney who certainly liked to make films that take place in earlier simpler times like when he was young has Toby Tyler set during the era before World War I at the turn of the last century. Kevin Corcoran plays young Tyler who is an orphan and foster child of his uncle and aunt Tom Fadden and Edith Evanson. When the circus comes to town he neglects chores and when they tell him he's 'millstone around their necks' young Corcoran runs away.

The rest of the film tells of Toby's adventures with the circus where he first works for concessionaire Bob Sweeney who has a really nice role as a not so lovable carny who takes really bad advantage of Toby. Fortunately he does not stay under Sweeney's tutelage and makes some real friends in circus strongman Henry Calvin and clown Gene Sheldon.

Calvin and Sheldon were from the Disney TV show Zorro and Sheldon played Guy Williams's dumb valet Bernardo. Sheldon was a great pantomime comedian and rarely spoke in his performances on stage, film, or in Zorro. He's great here, but it was nice to hear him. Broke a bit of the illusion, almost like having Harpo Marx talk.

And Toby also meets young equestrian performers Dennis Oliveri and Barbara Beird. Beird likes him, but Oliveri is rather full of himself, really odd for someone so young. Toby gets his chance as a performer and to escape Sweeney when Oliveri gets injured showing off.

As this is a Disney film naturally it all works out in the end for everyone but Sweeney. And when you see the film I think you'll agree with me that he got off very lightly indeed.

Toby Tyler holds up very well after over 50 years, still a nice children's classic.


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