The Bashful Elephant (1962)

82 mins | Melodrama | 4 February 1962

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HISTORY

The 18 Oct 1961 DV announced that Allied Artists Pictures had “secured worldwide distribution rights” to the McGowan International Production.
       The film opened in San Francisco, CA, during late Dec 1961, sharing a bill with Babes in Toyland (1961, see entry). The 25 Jan 1962 DV reported an upcoming general release, scheduled for 4 Feb 1962. A lukewarm review in the 9 Feb 1962 DV suggested the removal of a sequence involving a principal character’s infidelity to her boyfriend, as it was unsuitable for juvenile audiences. Movie listings in the 19 Dec 1962 LAT revealed that the picture was reissued as a companion feature for In Search of the Castaways (1962, see entry).
       The Bashful Elephant marked the final screen appearance of actress Molly McGowan, billed as “Molly Mack.”
Copyright length: 85 min. Filmed in Austria. Some sources suggest that this is a U.S./Austria ... More Less

The 18 Oct 1961 DV announced that Allied Artists Pictures had “secured worldwide distribution rights” to the McGowan International Production.
       The film opened in San Francisco, CA, during late Dec 1961, sharing a bill with Babes in Toyland (1961, see entry). The 25 Jan 1962 DV reported an upcoming general release, scheduled for 4 Feb 1962. A lukewarm review in the 9 Feb 1962 DV suggested the removal of a sequence involving a principal character’s infidelity to her boyfriend, as it was unsuitable for juvenile audiences. Movie listings in the 19 Dec 1962 LAT revealed that the picture was reissued as a companion feature for In Search of the Castaways (1962, see entry).
       The Bashful Elephant marked the final screen appearance of actress Molly McGowan, billed as “Molly Mack.”
Copyright length: 85 min. Filmed in Austria. Some sources suggest that this is a U.S./Austria coproduction. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
18 Oct 1961
p. 2.
Daily Variety
1 Nov 1961
p. 6.
Daily Variety
26 Dec 1961
p. 3.
Daily Variety
25 Jan 1962
p. 3.
Daily Variety
9 Feb 1962
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
19 Dec 1962
Section D, p. 9.
Variety
27 Dec 1961
p. 8.
Variety
2 Jan 1963
p. 8.
DETAILS
Release Date:
4 February 1962
Premiere Information:
San Francisco opening: late December 1961
Copyright Claimant:
McGowan International, Inc.
Copyright Date:
9 January 1962
Copyright Number:
LP20940
Duration(in mins):
82
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Aided by a border dog, 12-year-old orphan Tristy escapes from Hungary into Austria where she hopes to find a "papa and mama." Apprehended by police who intend to return her to an orphanage in Hungary, Tristy again escapes and joins a circus. The circus owner's girl friend, captivated by the waif, wants them to marry so that they may adopt Tristy. The Austrian police attempt to take Tristy away, and when they are defied by the girl's dog and a friendly elephant they threaten to shoot the animals. Tristy decides to give herself up, but she is followed by the animals and instead, runs away from the police, taking refuge in a church. Accidentally knocked unconscious by a fall down a flight of stairs, Tristy is picked up by the elephant and carried back to the circus. All ends happily as the circus owner agrees to marry his girl friend and adopt ... +


Aided by a border dog, 12-year-old orphan Tristy escapes from Hungary into Austria where she hopes to find a "papa and mama." Apprehended by police who intend to return her to an orphanage in Hungary, Tristy again escapes and joins a circus. The circus owner's girl friend, captivated by the waif, wants them to marry so that they may adopt Tristy. The Austrian police attempt to take Tristy away, and when they are defied by the girl's dog and a friendly elephant they threaten to shoot the animals. Tristy decides to give herself up, but she is followed by the animals and instead, runs away from the police, taking refuge in a church. Accidentally knocked unconscious by a fall down a flight of stairs, Tristy is picked up by the elephant and carried back to the circus. All ends happily as the circus owner agrees to marry his girl friend and adopt Tristy. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Carnival/Circus


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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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