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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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Storyline

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

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Taglines:

Roaring FUN with "MOOCHIE" and MISTER STUBBS (imp of a chimp) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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 »

Company Credits

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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

Disney was able to bolster interest in this Kevin Corcoran vehicle by using Henry Calvin and Gene Sheldon in co-starring roles. They were both the co-stars of Disney's hit television series Zorro (1957) which was then off the air due to legal disputes between Disney and the American Broadcasting Company. See more »

Goofs

In the first scene Toby Tyler is supposed to be selling concessions at the circus, but he sits down to watch Mademoiselle Jeanette and Monsieur Ajax performing their acrobatic horse routine instead; the last shot shows Jeanette and Ajax in different costumes because it is a shot from a later scene in the movie where Toby Tyler performs the act with Jeanette. Therefore the last shot of their routine has Toby Tyler performing instead of Ajax. See more »

Quotes

Toby Tyler: Mr. Stubbs, have you see my shoes? Good night, I left them over at the lemonade stand.
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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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