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Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion (1965)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cheryl Miller ...
Paula Tracy
Rockne Tarkington ...
Maurice Marsac ...
Albert Amos ...
Dinny Powell ...
Mark Allen ...
Laurence Conroy ...
Allison Daniell ...
Tourist's Wife (as Allyson Daniell)
Janee Michelle ...
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When a native village is apparently terrorized by a Lion, the local sergeant enlists the help of a veterinarian working at a nearby animal study center. It is soon discovered that the Lion has a unique problem, it has double vision due to the fact that it is cross eyed and therefore cannot hunt. The Lion is taken back to the study center and is soon adopted by the vet's daughter. Meanwhile, a dangerous criminal is planning to capture young Gorillas and sell them on the black market... Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Release Date:

4 August 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Clarence, der schielende Löwe  »

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(TCM print)

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(Westrex Recording System)



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1.85 : 1
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Pilot for the Daktari (1966) TV series, which ran on CBS-TV from 1966-1969 See more »


Referenced in Zebra in the Kitchen (1965) See more »

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Excellent family adventure.
14 August 2000 | by (The Beach) – See all my reviews

Excellent family-oriented animal adventure film with plenty of human interaction and comedy. Marshall Thompson is Doctor "Daktari" Marsh Tracy, head of an animal study compound in Africa. Widowed, he takes care of his teenage daughter Paula played by cute and perky Cheryl Miller. Sort of an American Hayley Mills, Paula Tracy is a bit of tom-boy (she has a python for a pet) but is growing up into a woman (she tapes her stockings to her thighs with masking tape to hold them up). Betsy Drake (the former Mrs. Cary Grant) is Julie Harper, a sort of Jane Goodhall type character who studies apes in their natural habitat and is the romantic interest for Dr. Tracy. The great character actor who made a career of rolling his r's, Richard Haydn ("Five Days in a Balloon"), is excellent as the comic relief Rupert Rowbotham, Paula's tutor, who is afraid of all the animals (especially Mary Lou the python and Clarence, the lion who tend to snuggle up to him). Add some wrestling with wild cheetahs, a few dangerous gorilla poachers, the antics of Doris the chimpanzee, and of course Clarence, the cross-eyed lion and what you have is the most consistently entertaining of the African animal adventure films which include John Wayne's "Hatari" and Hugh O'Brien's "Africa--Texas Style!. Ivan Tors ("Flipper," "Sea Hunt," "Gentle Ben," "Zebra in the Kitchen") produced this film which later became the TV series "Daktari."

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