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The Boy from Dead Man's Bayou (1971)

Two young boys must retrieve a church bell from the depths of a murky lagoon in a Louisiana swamp. Complicating matters is the fact that the lagoon is home to a large and deadly alligator.




Credited cast:
Mitch Vogel ... Jeannot Boudreau
John McIntire ... Boudreau
Frank Silvera ... Uncle Maxim
Jeanette Nolan ... Aunt Louise
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Fix ... Cap'n Pierre
Marcel Hillaire
Mike Lookinland ... Claude
Michael Ontkean
Percy Rodrigues ... Charbout
Vito Scotti ... Mr. Bob


Two young boys must retrieve a church bell from the depths of a murky lagoon in a Louisiana swamp. Complicating matters is the fact that the lagoon is home to a large and deadly alligator.

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9 February 1971 (USA) See more »

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Bayou Boy See more »

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Was featured over two Sundays on Wonderful World of Disney on April 8, and April 15, 1979. See more »

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The first ever made for TV feature under the Disney name
22 August 2003 | by raysondSee all my reviews

During the 1970's,the TV series "The Wonderful World Of Disney",which was on the NBC-TV network at the time,wanted to experiment with feature films that can be used into made for TV movies. And the studio did just that. In the fall of 1971,Disney produced its first ever made for TV movie to be shown and it was a big hit with audiences. The movie was called "Boy From Dead Man's Bayou" and it starred two of the biggest stars from that era,and the biggest sensations of their day: First off,you have actor and teen heartthrob Mitch Vogel,at the time was starring on NBC's biggest series at the time,"Bonanza",as the adopted son of Ben Cartwright,Jaime,and also grace the cover of every teenage magazine published during the early 1970's. Also,you have actor Mike Lookinland,who was on one of the biggest shows of the decade as Bobby Brady on the TV series The Brady Bunch,and also grace every cover of the teen magazine set too during his status as a teen heartthrob and child actor.

The story of "Boy From Dead Man's Bayou" is set in the deep and dangerous woods of Louisiana,where two boys must retrieve a missing church bell from the bottom of deep lagoon located in the swamp where it is secretly guarded by a man-eating alligator. The movie is very intense with some great moments and breathtaking excitement as the boys faced constant danger in the murking and unexpected swamp as they must retrieve the church bell from the depths of the lagoon before they are confronted by the raging beast that lies beneath the waters of the lagoon....the alligator,only to be rescue by a man who lives in the swamp who guides them through the dangerous path(played by actor Percy Rodriguez).

I had a chance to see this feature recently,and for one it comes real late at night during the Disney Channel's Walt Disney Presents,and it is very good with stunning photography and great location shots that makes this a great made for TV movie that was great with the whole family. Worth seeing if it comes on.

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