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Toni lives with her father, writer Matthew Martin, in the Sequoia forests of California. While walking, she finds and brings home, a small puma which she calls 'Gato' and a young fawn, called 'Malibu'. The three become friends which violates the normal rules of nature. After a few years, Toni and her dad leave and Gato and Malibu are returned to the wild. They do their animal things, but the two are still friendly. When Toni and Matthew return, they find that logging and hunting have decimated the animals in the area. They also find that their neighbor, Bergman, who has trapped animals for years, is now leading hunting parties and kills even the fawns. It is up to Gato and Malibu if they are to survive.Written by
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This film was initially telecast in Los Angeles Wednesday 18 December 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia 30 March 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), and by San Francisco 12 July 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). It's presently in the Turner Classic Movies film library and receives an occasional airing on TCM. See more »
A young girl raises an orphaned puma cub and fawn together as friends near a national forest.
I saw this movie once, on television, back in the late 1950s, when I was in elementary school. The story, about a girl who adopts an orphaned puma cub and a fawn, then raises them to be friends, was fascinating. Despite the movie's age (it was already over twenty years old when I saw it) the story was moving without being sentimental and exciting without being overly violent. I have searched for any existing print on VHS tape or DVD, only to find that none apparently exists. The movie was based on a book of the same title, which I now own, by Vance Joseph Hoyt, published by Grosset & Dunlap in 1931. If it is true that no print still exists then I think it would be a very good idea to re-make it!
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