A lonely boy named Danny Garrison befriends Ben, the rat leader of the swarm of rats trained by Willard Stiles. Ben becomes the boy's best friend, protecting him from bullying and keeping his spirits up in the face of a heart condition. However, things gradually take a downward turn as Ben's swarm becomes violent, resulting in several deaths.
For the Summer of '72
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Did You Know?
According to a September 1972 Los Angeles Times news item, the rat playing Ben won a PATSY Award which honors animal performers. See more
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[singing while showing his Ben marionette to the real rat, Ben
Start the day, oh come along now, Ben. Come on out, before I count to ten. If you stay, you will miss all the fun and there's room for everyone.
Start the Day
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Walter Scharf
Sung by Lee Montgomery
(uncredited) while playing with marionettes See more