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Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion (1965)

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 ... See full summary »

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Andrew Marton

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Art Arthur (story), Alan Caillou | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marshall Thompson ... Dr. Marsh Tracy
Betsy Drake ... Julie Harper
Richard Haydn ... Rupert Rowbotham
Cheryl Miller ... Paula Tracy
Alan Caillou ... Carter
Rockne Tarkington ... Juma
Maurice Marsac ... Gregory
Robert DoQui ... Sergeant
Albert Amos Albert Amos ... Husseini
Dinny Powell Dinny Powell ... Dixey
Mark Allen ... Larson
Laurence Conroy Laurence Conroy ... Tourist
Allison Daniell Allison Daniell ... Tourist's Wife (as Allyson Daniell)
Janee Michelle Janee Michelle ... Girl in Pit
Naaman Brown Naaman Brown ... Villager
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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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He's the King of Beasts... who just couldn't quite be Beastly! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clarence, der schielende Löwe See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ivan Tors Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ivan Tors first discovered Clarence at "Africa, U.S.A.", an affection training compound located in Soledad Canyon near Los Angeles. Born cross-eyed, Clarence's strange physical condition inspired Ivan Tors to create the MGM feature film "Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion" and the spin-off series Daktari (1966). When the audience saw what Clarence saw, it was in double vision. Reportedly, Clarence was very good with children. Another not so friendly lion named Leo doubled for Clarence in some scenes. He was used only for the snarling scenes and general scenes which didn't involve close proximity with humans. Leo had come to "Africa, U.S.A." from a family in Utah. His ferocity was due in part to the mistreatment he received from former owners who reportedly beat him with a stick See more »

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This is a good family film!
3 October 2005 | by joebev-2See all my reviews

This is a good family film!

I only want to say that the previous reviewer is not correct. This is fabulous, entertaining and well-done family film. I highly recommend it! Just seeing the real Africa and not a Hollywood set is reason enough to see this film. Also, please note that this film was made into a good TV series: "Daktari". Yes, Richard Hayden is the best thing in the movie! What a great comedic actor!

Perhap some might not like the movie because it is simple, straight-forward and charming. It is a kids movie that adults will like too!

I saw this in the theater when I was a child and watched the TV show too.

One of my favorite shows as a kid.


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