Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus (film)

Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus (film) Toby, a 12-year-old orphan, believing his aunt and uncle do not want him, runs away and joins a circus. He is exploited by Harry, the concessionaire, helped by Ben, the strong man, and becomes fast friends with Mr. Stubbs, the chimp. When the boy equestrian is hurt, Toby takes his place, becoming a tremendous success when Mr. Stubbs joins the act. He is reunited with his now understanding guardians. Released January 21, 1960. Directed by Charles Barton. 95 min. Stars Kevin Corcoran (Toby Tyler), Bob Sweeney (Harry Tupper), Henry Calvin (Ben Cotter), Gene Sheldon (Sam Treat), Barbara Beaird (Mademoiselle Jeanette). Note the final credits “introducing Ollie Wallace.” This referred to the circus bandleader, played by the veteran Disney composer. Based on the novel by James Otis Kaler. Disney donated the authentic, restored circus wagons used in the film to the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Released on video in 1986.