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Tomboy and the Champ (1961)

A Texas young girl with polio enters her pet the calf in a Chicago competition. The calf wins but the girl learns her cow is to be sold to a slaughterhouse. A kindly meat packer saves the day and the calf and girl are reunited.

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Tommy Jo
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Uncle Jim
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Windy Skiles
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Model T. Parson
Christine Smith ...
Aunt Sarah
Paul Bernath ...
Jaspar Stockton
Norman Sherry ...
Fowler Stockton
Johnny Carpenter ...
Fred Anderson (as John Carpenter)
Wally Phillips ...
Hi Fi Club Announcer
Ralph Fischer ...
4-H Club President
Larry Hickie ...
Curly Cone
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Casey Tibbs ...
Casey Tibbs
Jerry Naill ...
Jerry Naill
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A Texas young girl with polio enters her pet the calf in a Chicago competition. The calf wins but the girl learns her cow is to be sold to a slaughterhouse. A kindly meat packer saves the day and the calf and girl are reunited.

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They said she couldn't make a champ of an scrawny outlaw steer...But she had the HEAD to make a daring plan...the HEART to fight against terrible odds...the HANDS to work when courage faltered...the HEALTH to carry her on to victory! See more »

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Drama | Family

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1 April 1961 (USA)  »

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Connections

Remade as Tomboy and the Champ See more »

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Who Says Animals Don't Cry
Written by Tommy Reynolds and William Lightfoot
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Roy Rogers meets Luis Bunuel
24 February 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A right tedious hunk of celluloid, celebrating 4-H smalltown virtue in the saga of Tommy Jo and Champy. TJ is the titular tomboy, who weasels her way into a bull-wrestling contest only to bring the belligerent Champy back to her poor parents' farm, attempt to raise him to be a nice prize-worthy bull, and to learn the lessons of dedication and perseverence that lead to...aww, but I couldn't spoil the surprise! The defiantly rural outlook of this thing is easy to laugh at but is actually kind of fascinatingly unique; most of the time these values are celebrated only in retrospect. Which is certainly not to make any claims for competence here, because the good memories come from the howlers; like whenever anybody touches a piece of music, especially the jocular bouncing organist; or when Tommy Jo recovers from polio in about five minutes. But then she gets pneumonia! Which leads us to the capper, a sentimental hospital-bed reunion stolen directly from "L'Age D'Or". Ben Johnson's in there too, and so, playing himself, is Rex Allen the narrator of "Chickenomics" himself!


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