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A Tiger Walks (1964)

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A tiger escapes from a circus truck as it passes by a small town, and hides itself in the surrounding woods. This throws the town into a panic and everyone wants the animal killed ... See full summary »


Norman Tokar


Ian Niall (novel), Lowell S. Hawley



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Keith ... Sheriff Pete Williams
Vera Miles ... Dorothy Williams
Pamela Franklin ... Julie Williams
Sabu ... Ram Singh
Edward Andrews ... Governor Robbins
Una Merkel ... Mrs. Watkins
Peter Brown ... Vern Goodman
Kevin Corcoran ... Tom Hadley
Frank McHugh ... Bill Watkins
Connie Gilchrist ... Liddy Lewis
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Frank Lewis
Theodore Marcuse ... Josef Pietz
Merry Anders ... Betty Collins
Frank Aletter ... Joe Riley
Jack Albertson ... Sam Grant


A tiger escapes from a circus truck as it passes by a small town, and hides itself in the surrounding woods. This throws the town into a panic and everyone wants the animal killed immediately, except for the daughter of the sheriff. She wants to capture the tiger and put it in a zoo, thereby saving the tiger's life. Her determination starts a nationwide campaign among children to raise the money to buy the tiger from the circus, but first, she, her father and an Indian tiger trainer must find the tiger before the National Guard do, who have orders to kill it on sight. Written by Marta Dawes <smdawes@home.com>

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A Tiger on the Loose...A Town in Danger! See more »


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Release Date:

12 March 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Tiger ist los See more »

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Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?


This was Sabu's last film before he died of a heart attack. See more »


Josef Pietz: I'm the one who does all the work, makes the Tigers behave. All Kelso does cracks the whip and takes the bows.
Ram Singh: I have seen many men handle Tigers. Kelso is good.
Josef Pietz: You've seen nobody handle Tigers. When I handle them they'll do things you wouldn't believe.
Ram Singh: You would not last 2 minutes with the Tigers, they can tell when a man is afraid.
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Edited into Disneyland: A Tiger Walks: Part 1 (1966) See more »


Save That Tiger!
Music adapted from song "Tiger Rag" (music by Edwin B. Edwards (uncredited), Henry Ragas (uncredited), Larry Shields (uncredited), Edwin B. Edwards (uncredited) and Tony Sbarbaro (uncredited))
Sung by students
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Rajah the football
22 June 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A whole lot of very familiar movie faces will be found in the Disney film A Tiger Walks. This is the story of the events during an evening and morning when a tiger with a traveling zoo is let loose by his very stupid and cruel handler Theo Marcuse. Rajah the tiger gets loose and causes a whole lot of havoc and becomes quite a political football with the local sheriff Brian Keith in one political party and the governor Edward Andrews in another with Andrews trying a little one upsmanship by calling in the state national guard on a tiger hunt.

Keith is a very sensible man whose own daughter Pamela Franklin has taken to championing the tiger's cause and its right to live. In that she's showing a whole lot more compassion than most of the grownups in the film. After all no one asked the tiger whether he wanted to be taken out of his jungle environment. Keith is also concerned that there is a fog at night which makes hunting impossible and that too many people will just make the tiger move into a nearby thickly wooded area from where it will be almost impossible to take him dead or alive.

Some of Franklin's indiscreet remarks to a television reporter puts Keith in the hot seat as if he doesn't have enough problems. But she starts by accident a money drive to save Rajah and put him in a zoo along with his family as he has mated and has a pair cub offspring.

Seeing a lot of familiar faces makes Disney films such a pleasure to watch. A whole lot of these people were finding less and less employment on the big screen. One of the funniest is Una Merkel owner of a small motel who is loving all this attention the town is getting as she's making visitors and town folks pay dear for those rooms.

Andrews is one slippery politician, he's even got his political operative Jack Albertson in charge of the hunt. In that Disney Studios was remarkably ahead of its time.

Two farewells mark this film. Kevin Corcoran who was now a big teen and no longer playing his Moochie character marked the end of his Disney association. Watching him years later in Disney products I can't believe how annoying he was though not so in this film. Secondly this was the farewell picture for Sabu who plays the tiger's other handler who is really the only one who knows what he's doing and only Brian Keith is listening to him with a little persuasion from Franklin and wife Vera Miles.

A Tiger Walks holds up well as good family entertainment with some interesting social commentary as well.

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