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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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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


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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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


(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Led to the Daktari (1966) TV series, which ran on CBS-TV from 1966-1969 See more »


Referenced in Mezi námi kluky (1981) See more »

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11 December 2011 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

This was a movie from Ivan Tors Productions, the same company that brought the world family entertainment (often centered around animals) like "Flipper". Unlike "Flipper", "Clarence, The Cross-Eyed Lion" has more or less been forgotten, and it's easy to see why. It's a pretty cheap-looking movie, for one thing - it's obvious that the bulk of the movie was not shot in Africa and was instead filmed in southern California. There is some African footage, but it's painfully obvious that it's stock footage originally shot for some other production. It's also a very dull movie, and I can imagine children will be squirming in their seats. The oddest thing about the entire enterprise is that despite the title, Clarence the lion is almost an afterthought - much of the movie does not focus on him, but on the human characters in an endless series of vignettes that have little to no relation to each other. Even those who are cross-eyed will see that this project was misguided from the start.

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