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The Two Little Bears (1961)

Harry Davis, principal of the Burberry Elementary School, is concerned because his two little boys wish they were bears. One day, the two boys meet an old gypsy who tells them to use a ... See full summary »

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Harry Davis
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Anne Davis
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Officer McGovern
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Billy Davis
Donnie Carter ...
Timmy Davis
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Johnny Dillion
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Emily Wilkins
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Janos (as Ted Marcuse)
Milton Parsons ...
Dr. Fredricks
James Maloney ...
Jefferson Stander
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Grimshaw Wilkins
Jack Finch ...
Psychiatrist
Opal Euard ...
Fortuneteller
Jack Lester ...
Phil Wade
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Tom Provost (as Dick Alden)
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Harry Davis, principal of the Burberry Elementary School, is concerned because his two little boys wish they were bears. One day, the two boys meet an old gypsy who tells them to use a magic cream and teaches them a spell to turn themselves into bears. When they find their sister's strange freckle cream, they do become bears. Unfortunately, when they turn back into boys, no one will believe their story. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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bear | magic | See All (2) »

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Comedy | Fantasy

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13 January 1963 (UK)  »

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Os 2 Ursinhos  »

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Soupy Sales' feature film debut. See more »

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Referenced in Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001) See more »

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Speak To Me Pretty
by Henry Vars, 'By' Dunham
Performed by Brenda Lee
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Innocuous suburban fantasy for families...
20 September 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Grammar school principal and father to three kids--none of whom look or sound alike--has to accept the fact that magic can happen when his two youngest boys change themselves into bears via an incantation borrowed from a trailer-park gypsy. Aside from the typical stereotyping of a nervous, hypocritical psychiatrist, there's nothing offensive about "The Two Little Bears"...indeed, it's as blithely innocuous and harmless as a sitcom from the early 1960s. Littered with famous faces and a familiar suburban scenario, the movie incorporates fanciful comedy and a little song into its mix; still, even trained bear cubs can only do so much, and the picture feels extremely thin at 83 minutes. Eddie Albert and Jane Wyatt are charming as the non-hysterical, low-keyed parents; Brenda Lee is their twangy-voiced teenage daughter (perhaps adopted?); and Donnie Carter and Butch Patrick are the boys (neither of whom are perceptive child-actors, though they are cute as a button). Lee sings (very well) and acts (not so well). Had Walt Disney made this movie, the teasing from critics never would have stopped. Since Twentieth Century-Fox made it--on a TV budget with TV actors--nobody paid any attention. ** from ****


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