Toby Tyler

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Toby Tyler (1960 Movie)

“Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus” is a 1960 American family drama film produced by Walt Disney Productions. The movie is based on the 1880 children’s novel of the same name by James Otis Kaler.

The story follows a young boy named Toby Tyler (played by Kevin Corcoran) who lives with his Aunt Olive (played by Gene Sheldon) and Uncle Daniel (played by Richard Eastham) on a small farm. Feeling unappreciated and wanting to experience more excitement in life, Toby decides to run away and join the circus.

While at the circus, Toby befriends a mischievous chimpanzee named Mr. Stubbs and forms a close bond with Ben Cotter (played by Henry Calvin), a gruff but kind-hearted circus clown. As Toby becomes part of the circus family, he learns valuable life lessons and experiences both the challenges and joys of circus life.

Throughout his time with the circus, Toby faces various adventures, including encounters with circus animals, daring performances, and the responsibility of caring for Mr. Stubbs. Through his experiences, he learns the importance of family, friendship, and finding a place where he truly belongs.

“Toby Tyler” is a heartwarming and family-friendly film that captures the spirit of adventure and the magic of the circus. It celebrates the innocence and wonder of childhood while teaching important values of courage, perseverance, and the power of love and friendship. The film has remained a cherished classic in the Disney library, captivating audiences of all ages for generations.

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $3.1 million
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  • Toby: Kevin Corcoran
  • Harry Tupper: Bob Sweeney
  • Sam Treat: Gene Sheldon
  • Ben Cotter: Henry Calvin
  • Colonel Sam Castle: Richard Eastham
  • Jim Weaver: James Drury
  • Mademoiselle Jeanette: Barbara Beaird
  • Monsieur Ajax: Dennis Olivieri
  • Aunt Olive: Edith Evanson
  • Uncle Daniel: Tom Fadden


  • Director: Charles Barton
  • Producer: Bill Walsh
  • Writers: Lillie Hayward and Bill Walsh

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