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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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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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: Catalina Caper (1990) See more »

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Another Success From Ivan Tors
20 December 2008 | by hfan77See all my reviews

Ivan Tors, who was responsible for shows like Sea Hunt, Daktari and Flipper, struck again with another success in Gentle Ben. Running on Sunday nights after Lassie, Gentle Ben completed an hour block of wholesome, family friendly entertainment leading into the Ed Sullivan Show.

The cast was outstanding, anchored by Dennis Weaver and featuring Beth Brickell and Clint Howard (Ron's brother). But the real star of the show was the title character, played by a bear trained by Monty Cox. The chemistry between Howard and Ben the bear was a key to the show's success.

But the one thing I really enjoyed about the show was the scenery of the Florida Everglades. It was a very naturalistic setting for a family drama and I remember the opening titles with the Wedloe family on their airboat. To me, it was one of the few TV shows where an airboat was shown.

One other thing I should point out is that Gentle Ben was actually based on a book by Walt Morey. It may be out of print but if you can find it in your local library, be sure and check it out to find out the genesis of the TV series that should be released on DVD someday.


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