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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

Writers:

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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Storyline

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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The roaringly funny tale of a cross-eyed lion who is almost human... See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion 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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Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion and Judy the Chimpanzee both won PATSY Awards for this movie. See more »

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Followed by Daktari (1966) See more »

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Amusing and fun
21 September 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The best thing I like about Clarence The Cross-Eyed Lion is that it shows Africa as it is and not Africa as Hollywood made it up in the 30s and 40s. This is the newly emerging independent Africa and the white folk you see here are ruled by the governments of the new countries.

Colonialism goes and independence comes but the work of widower Marshall Thompson and widow Betsy Drake goes on. Thompson has a veterinary clinic for jungle animals and he lives there with his teen daughter Cheryl Miller. Drake is an anthropologist and she studies the primates like Dian Fossey on whom her character is modeled.

The running gag in this film is the lion who's the Ben Turpin of the jungle and has double vision. Which makes him a lousy hunter and he would have doubtless died in the jungle had he not been discovered and taken in by Thompson and Miller and fed like a pet.

Named Clarence he's a gentle soul, but he causes a lot of mischief. In the end though he deals well with Maurice Marsac who leads a band independent soldier of fortune guerrillas.

This is a nice family film and it led to the Daktari TV series.


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