A Tiger Walks

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

A Tiger Walks (1964 Movie)

“A Tiger Walks” is a family adventure film released by Walt Disney Productions in 1964. The movie is based on the novel “A Tiger Walks” by Ian Niall and directed by Norman Tokar.

The story is set in a small town called Millsburg, where life is peaceful and simple until a circus truck accidentally crashes on the outskirts of the town. The crash results in a tiger escaping from its cage and taking refuge in the woods nearby.

As news of the escaped tiger spreads, fear and panic grip the town. The residents are worried about their safety and the possibility of the tiger harming their children or livestock. The local sheriff, Sheriff Pete Williams (played by Brian Keith), tries to reassure the town that the tiger is not a threat as long as it is left alone and not provoked.

However, the townspeople’s fears escalate, and they demand that the tiger be captured and killed to ensure their safety. A group of hunters sets out to find and eliminate the tiger, but a 10-year-old girl named Julie (played by Pamela Franklin) is determined to protect the tiger and prove that it is harmless.

Julie’s father, Tom Hadley (played by Vera Miles), is the local newspaper editor, and together, they embark on a mission to protect the tiger from harm. Julie believes that the tiger deserves a chance to live peacefully in the wild and should not be killed just because it is misunderstood.

As the town’s anger grows, Julie and her father must rally support from the community to save the tiger. They try to show the townspeople that the tiger is not a threat and can coexist with humans if left undisturbed.

“A Tiger Walks” explores themes of compassion, understanding, and the importance of protecting wildlife. It sends a message of tolerance and respect for nature, highlighting the need for coexistence between humans and animals.

The film features beautiful cinematography and showcases the scenic backdrop of small-town America in the 1960s. The heartwarming story and strong performances by the cast make it an engaging family-friendly film.

Overall, “A Tiger Walks” is a charming and thought-provoking film that delivers a positive message about animal welfare and the value of understanding and respecting wildlife. It reminds audiences of the importance of protecting and preserving the natural world for future generations.

Fun Facts

  • The movie “A Tiger Walks” was released in 1964 and is a live-action film.
  • It features a real tiger named Elsa who plays the role of “Elsa the Tiger.” Elsa was also the star of the popular Disney film “Born Free.”
  • “A Tiger Walks” is based on a novel by Ian Niall, and it tells the story of a tiger that escapes from a circus and the efforts to capture it. It explores themes of animal rights and captivity.

Additional Details

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  • Year Released: 1964
  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $1.6 million
  • IMDB Link


  • 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
  • Donald May: Captain Anderson
  • Stafford Repp: Mr. Blonden, City Editor
  • Raja: Himself


  • Director: Norma Tokar
  • Producer: Bill Anderson
  • Music: Buddy Baker

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