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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
Jess Kirkpatrick ...
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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She's the pig-tailed pride of the Texas plains. 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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A HOWL!! CAMP TO THE 4-H POWER!
26 February 2002 | by (Atlanta, Georgia) – See all my reviews

Tomboy and the Champ, produced and in honor of 4-H clubs throughout America circa 1961, is a perfect timepiece of what the youth of the corn belt were fed by rock-and-roll fearing authority which, today is a screamingly funny and almost touching display of church and community standards. The scene where a critically ill girl (Candy Moore as Tommy Jo) is inspired to health by a bull who is brought into her room (Champy), whose success with her leads to his being named Champion and subsequently butchered as Prime Rib on the open market is already considered infamous. A nurse should be required to be in attendance as death by hysteria is likely. How Jesse White as the conniving salesman (for the umpteeth time) got involved in this would be a story in itself. Looks like his nefarious buffoonery was a popular advertisement for anti-semitism. No doubt this 4-H production was shown in small town auditoriums for a year or two after its release but is surprisingly available on video from numerous companies. Colorful, corny to the bone and oh-so by-the-numbers, it is truly a feel-good camp time capsule and on that level a rollicking good time.


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