Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar

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Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar
Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar DVD cover.jpeg
Cover from the DVD release
Directed by Rex Allen
Winston Hibler
Produced by Walt Disney
Winston Hibler
Written by Jack Speirs
Narrated by Rex Allen
Music by Franklyn Marks
Speirs Marks
Cinematography William Bacon III
Lloyd Beebe
Edited by Gregg McLaughlin
Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release date(s) October 18, 1967 (USA)
Running time 75 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar is a 1967 Walt Disney Productions adventure family film released by Buena Vista Distribution Company. It was filmed at the Columbia River Gorge in Washington state.


The film takes place in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State (Broughton lumber mill in Washington state).

As a cub, Charlie's mother lost her life, leaving him alone. Jess Bradley finds Charlie, takes him in and raises him. Charlie experiences some adventures growing up including some play time with a black bear cub and visits to his friend Potlatch for snacks. Potlatch, though has a pet terrier named Chainsaw, Charlie's nemesis, in the logging camp where Charlie grows up. This rivalry leads to problems including a wrecked kitchen and a trip down the river as part of the logging crew, which, of course, leads to more problems including another destroyed kitchen.

Jess, in the meantime, has found himself a girl, who has become his fiancée. Jess is forced to lock Charlie in a cage which doesn't hold him very long. Charlie hears a call from female cougar in the distance one night and he decides to break free to investigate. The two had a good time together, but it quickly turns sour when his new friend wouldn't share a meal she had recently caught. Charlie then moves on and finds himself a free meal from a farmer milking his cows. This does not turn out well for Charlie and havoc ensues on the farm.

Charlie finds himself lost and on his own. He spends the summer hunting and getting by until one day when he, himself, becomes the hunted by a pack of dogs. He manages to escape by going on a log down a flume, until he hits a bunch of bushes, He then finds himself back at the logging camp. However, after spending the summer in the wild, his natural instincts have kicked in and he's more wild than tame now. When Chainsaw discovers Charlie, Charlie runs and gets trapped in a lift on the ground, until Jess rescues Charlie. Ultimately, Jess has no option but to release him back into the wild, but in an area where the cougars are protected from hunter, dogs, and other predators, there he finds the same female cougar, and lives happily ever after.


  • Ron Brown - Jess Bradley
  • Bryan Russell - Potlatch
  • Linda Wallace - Jess's Fiancee
  • Jim Wilson - Farmer
  • Clifford Peterson - Mill Manager
  • Rex Allen - Narrator (voice)


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