A lonely boy named Danny Garrison befriends Ben, the rat leader of the swarm of rats trained by Willard Stiles. Ben becomes the boy's best friend, protecting him from bullying and keeping his spirits up in the face of a heart condition. However, things gradually take a downward turn as Ben's swarm becomes violent, resulting in several deaths. Written by
Teamed up to Tear 'em up! [poster for double-feature pairing "Willard" and "Ben"]
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According to a September 1972 Los Angeles Times news item, the rat playing Ben won a PATSY Award which honors animal performers. See more
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[singing while playing with a clown marionette
Start the day, you've been asleep too long. Start the day and sing a happy song. Smile, smile at everyone you meet and dance your way down each street. Oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oom pa pa. Oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oom oom oom oom pa. Start the day, it's time to rise and shine. Off we go, the world is looking fine. Get dressed up, put on your Sunday best. Tomorrow you all can rest.
Referenced in TV Land Confidential: Music
Start the Day
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Walter Scharf
Sung by Lee Montgomery
(uncredited) while playing with marionettes See more