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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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Cast

Credited cast:
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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
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Bandleader (as Ollie Wallace)
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Storyline

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

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Roaring FUN with "MOOCHIE" and MISTER STUBBS (imp of a chimp) See more »

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Family | Drama

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Wires are clearly visible, attached to Toby as he does bareback riding stunts. See more »

Quotes

Harry Tupper: You, my boy, could be... a concessionare.
Toby Tyler: I could?
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Connections

Referenced in Eddie and the Cruisers (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Biddle-Dee-Dee
Written by Diane Lampert and Richard Loring
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Disney Adaptation Strays Far from the Original
7 December 2003 | by (Parma Heights,Ohio,U.S.A.) – See all my reviews



I've mentioned elsewhere that Disney's adaptations of famous works sometimes avoid the dark and dreary messages of the original works.He wished,it seems,to provide wholesome family entertainment.IN this regard,he succeeded.But,after seeing this film,as I did when it first came out,I was horrified when I got around to reading Kahler's book.Let's see the differences.

1.)Toby,in the story,is a sly,fat, lazy glutton,who leaves a brutal orphan's home in order to avoid doing his chores,and being punished for dishonesty.He joins the circus,and wages an undercover war against the evil management.

2.)The circus is a dreary,run down dump,managed by vicious alcoholics who beat and cripple children.Toby,consequently,starts a guerrilla war against them.

3.)The people who work in the circus,when they aren't brutal bullies,are among the most grotesque characters in Victorian American fiction.

4.)Toby DOESN'T become a star on horses.Mr.Stubbs isn't a cute chimp,but a mangy,pathetic,morose old monkey.And the hunter does kill him.

5.)The story ends with the manager of the orphanage taking Toby back.And you get the feeling that all will not be well.

So,while the film adaptation sticks to some of the facts,the underlying message has been avoided.


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