The adventures in the Florida Everglades of a game warden, Tom Wedloe, his wife Ellen, their son Mark, and Mark's tame bear Ben.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Dennis Weaver ...  Tom Wedloe 56 episodes, 1967-1969
Clint Howard ...  Mark Wedloe 56 episodes, 1967-1969
Beth Brickell ...  Ellen Wedloe 56 episodes, 1967-1969
Bruno The Bear ...  Gentle Ben 56 episodes, 1967-1969
Rance Howard ...  Henry Boomhauer 31 episodes, 1967-1969
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The adventures in the Florida Everglades of a game warden, Tom Wedloe, his wife Ellen, their son Mark, and Mark's tame bear Ben.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mein Freund Ben See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ivan Tors Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(56 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Bruno The Bear won a "PATSY Award" for his role in the Series. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: King Dinosaur (1990) See more »

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The adventures of a boy and his bear
18 April 2005 | by chris_gaskin123See all my reviews

Although Gentle Ben was made several years before I was born, I often used to watch this on BBC1 and BBC2 when they shown it around the late 1980's, often in the mornings during the school holidays. I found this series enjoyable.

It was about a boy, Mark who had a pet brown bear which he named Ben. He lived with his mum and dad in Florida's Everglades and got up to all sorts of different adventures and often danger.

Mark was played by Clint Howard and his parents were played by Dennis Weaver (Gunsmoke, Duel) and Beth Briknell.

It would be nice to see some episodes of Gentle Ben again. Come on BBC, let's have some repeats of this instead of rubbish property programmes and makeover shows.

Gentle Ben was produced by Ivan Tors, who also brought us Flipper and Sea Hunt.


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