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Toby Tyler or Ten Weeks with a Circus (1960)

Taken in by distant members of his family after being orphaned, Toby Tyler runs away to join the circus.

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Charles Barton
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Cast

Cast overview:
Kevin Corcoran ... Toby Tyler
Henry Calvin Henry Calvin ... Ben Cotter
Gene Sheldon Gene Sheldon ... Sam Treat
Bob Sweeney ... Harry Tupper
Richard Eastham ... Colonel Sam Castle
James Drury ... Jim Weaver
Barbara Beaird Barbara Beaird ... Mademoiselle Jeanette
Dennis Olivieri Dennis Olivieri ... Monsieur Ajax (as Dennis Joel)
Edith Evanson ... Aunt Olive
Tom Fadden ... Uncle Daniel
Oliver Wallace ... Bandleader (as Ollie Wallace)
The Marquis Chimps The Marquis Chimps ... The Marquis Family (as The Marquis Family)
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Taken in by distant members of his family after being orphaned, Toby Tyler runs away to join the circus.

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Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Toby Tyler See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In Eddie and The Cruisers(1983), Eddie calls Frank Ridgeway(Tom Berengers character) Toby Tyler and gives the story of this movie as his origin. See more »

Goofs

Wires are clearly visible, attached to Toby as he does bareback riding stunts. See more »

Quotes

Toby Tyler: Do you swap back the ones that are bad?
Harry Tupper: Bad? I don't vend bad peanuts, boy. Maybe a little underbred timewarn perhaps, but not really bad.
Toby Tyler: [tastes a peanut] Tastes bad.
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Connections

Version of Circus Days (1923) See more »

Soundtracks

Biddle-Dee-Dee
Written by Diane Lampert and Richard Loring
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Good Family Film
20 January 2008 | by aimless-46See all my reviews

"Toby Tyler" (1960) is one of my earliest movie memories. In combination with the film Whitman Publishing released a book of the screenplay, which differed considerably from the source novel, managing to lighten up the story.

Most boys (at least in my class) were at first reluctant to see the film because it's star, Kevin "Moochie" Corcoran, had pretty much ruined the "Spin and Marty" serial when he was added to the cast after the first season. We also had suffered through his "too cute" acting in "Old Yeller". Rare is the child actor who was more irritating to his contemporaries. But "Moochie" was just a hammy kid who did what the director wanted; and fortunately the director of "Toby Tyler" dialed down the standard "Moochie" cuteness for his first staring role.

The film was the perfect escape for boys. Running away with the circus was almost as good as getting to spend the whole summer riding horses on the Triple "R" Ranch. Plus Toby's protector was Ben Cotter, our old friend Sgt. Garcia from "Zorro". Mr. Stubbs the chimp is given the "too cute" supporting role that "Moochie" normally played, which was most likely an attempt to expand the target audience to include pre-teen girls. It worked as the film entertained the entire family.

The story involves Toby's efforts to move from peanut vendor to circus performer. He eventually replaces a snotty boy in a bareback riding act. His partner is Mademoiselle Jeanette (Barbara Beaird), my first crush and most likely the reason that I remember the film so fondly.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.


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