A Tiger Walks (1964)

91 mins | Drama | 11 March 1964

Director:

Norman Tokar

Cinematographer:

William Snyder

Editor:

Grant K. Smith

Production Designers:

Carroll Clark, Marvin Aubrey Davis

Production Company:

Walt Disney Productions
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HISTORY

The 13 May 1963 DV announced the start of principal photography that day at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA. Additional cast members included Charles Wagenheim (10 Jun 1963 DV) and Rudy Hansen (18 Jun 1963 DV).
       A news item in the 4 Mar 1964 Var stated that the picture was scheduled to open in 500 “key” cities, beginning 13 Mar 1964. A Tiger Walks debuted 11 Mar 1964 in Portland, OR, followed by openings in Los Angeles, CA, on 25 Mar 1964 and New York City on 26 Aug 1964. Reviews were lukewarm, with the 27 Aug 1964 NYT describing the film as “pedestrian.” According to the 1 Apr 1964 Var, the Legion of Decency gave the picture an A-1 rating, declaring it “morally unobjectionable for general patronage.” The Legion did object, however, to the negative portrayal of “most adult characters,” and described the theme of animal rights as “clouded thinking.” Regardless, the 25 Mar 1964 Var listed the film as the tenth highest-earning release in the U.S.
       Fourteen months later, the 19 May 1965 issue revealed that A Tiger Walks was among Disney’s least successful contemporary releases, along with Those Calloways (1965) and The Moon-Spinners (1964, see entries), all of which were described as “straight adventure stories.” The studio planned to focus on “light comedy, mixed with adventure” for its upcoming projects.
       The starring tiger, identified in the 29 Mar 1965 DV as “Patrina,” won that year’s PATSY Award ... More Less

The 13 May 1963 DV announced the start of principal photography that day at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA. Additional cast members included Charles Wagenheim (10 Jun 1963 DV) and Rudy Hansen (18 Jun 1963 DV).
       A news item in the 4 Mar 1964 Var stated that the picture was scheduled to open in 500 “key” cities, beginning 13 Mar 1964. A Tiger Walks debuted 11 Mar 1964 in Portland, OR, followed by openings in Los Angeles, CA, on 25 Mar 1964 and New York City on 26 Aug 1964. Reviews were lukewarm, with the 27 Aug 1964 NYT describing the film as “pedestrian.” According to the 1 Apr 1964 Var, the Legion of Decency gave the picture an A-1 rating, declaring it “morally unobjectionable for general patronage.” The Legion did object, however, to the negative portrayal of “most adult characters,” and described the theme of animal rights as “clouded thinking.” Regardless, the 25 Mar 1964 Var listed the film as the tenth highest-earning release in the U.S.
       Fourteen months later, the 19 May 1965 issue revealed that A Tiger Walks was among Disney’s least successful contemporary releases, along with Those Calloways (1965) and The Moon-Spinners (1964, see entries), all of which were described as “straight adventure stories.” The studio planned to focus on “light comedy, mixed with adventure” for its upcoming projects.
       The starring tiger, identified in the 29 Mar 1965 DV as “Patrina,” won that year’s PATSY Award for best animal performer in a motion picture.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
13 May 1963
p. 2.
Daily Variety
10 Jun 1963
p. 4.
Daily Variety
18 Jun 1963
p. 4.
Daily Variety
16 Mar 1964
p. 3.
Daily Variety
29 Mar 1965
p. 10.
Los Angeles Times
24 Mar 1964
Section C, p. 8.
Los Angeles Times
27 Mar 1964
Section C, p. 8.
New York Times
27 Aug 1964
p. 28.
Variety
4 Mar 1964
p. 16.
Variety
18 Mar 1964
p. 8.
Variety
25 Mar 1964
p. 5.
Variety
19 May 1965
p. 5.
Variety
1 Apr 1964
p. 7.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Walt Disney Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
SOUND
Music ed
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel A Tiger Walks by Ian Niall (London, 1960).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
11 March 1964
Premiere Information:
Portland, OR, opening: 11 March 1964
Los Angeles opening: 25 March 1964
New York opening: 26 August 1964
Production Date:
began 13 May 1963
Copyright Claimant:
Walt Disney Productions
Copyright Date:
27 January 1964
Copyright Number:
LP27119
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
91
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Rajah, a tiger badly mistreated by his trainer, escapes when a circus truck breaks down in a small town. Although Julie, the 12-year-old daughter of the local sheriff, falls down in his path, Rajah leaves her unharmed and runs for the woods. Later, the sheriff finds the sadistic trainer mauled to death in the woods. Panic seizes the town, and the governor, taking political advantage of the situation, sends in the National Guard to hunt Rajah. Julie, interviewed on television, states that Rajah had been mistreated and misunderstood and should be captured alive. Children all over the country send money to help toward this end. A fog descends, and when a farmer comes through the woods to tell the troops that the tiger is on his land, he is shot at and wounded by a guardsman. With the help of Ram Singh, a circus assistant, the sheriff captures Rajah alive, and the tiger is placed in a zoo with his mate and ... +


Rajah, a tiger badly mistreated by his trainer, escapes when a circus truck breaks down in a small town. Although Julie, the 12-year-old daughter of the local sheriff, falls down in his path, Rajah leaves her unharmed and runs for the woods. Later, the sheriff finds the sadistic trainer mauled to death in the woods. Panic seizes the town, and the governor, taking political advantage of the situation, sends in the National Guard to hunt Rajah. Julie, interviewed on television, states that Rajah had been mistreated and misunderstood and should be captured alive. Children all over the country send money to help toward this end. A fog descends, and when a farmer comes through the woods to tell the troops that the tiger is on his land, he is shot at and wounded by a guardsman. With the help of Ram Singh, a circus assistant, the sheriff captures Rajah alive, and the tiger is placed in a zoo with his mate and cubs. +

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