Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion

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Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion
Directed by Andrew Marton
Produced by Ivan Tors
Leonard B. Kaufman
Harry Redmond Jr.
Written by Art Arthur, Alan Caillou and Marshall Thompson
Starring Marshall Thompson
Betsy Drake
Richard Haydn
Cheryl Miller
Alan Caillou
Music by Al Mack
Cinematography Lamar Boren
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • August 4, 1965 (1965-08-04)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion is a 1965 film directed by Andrew Marton and starring Marshall Thompson and Betsy Drake. The movie was shot at Soledad Canyon near Los Angeles, California, and in Miami, Florida, and became the basis for the television series Daktari.


The movie follows the daily life of an East African veterinary hospital. The hospital is directed by Dr. Marsh Tracy (played by Marshall Thompson). His family and he find a cross-eyed lion which they name Clarence and adopt as a household pet.

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The film was followed by the TV series Daktari with Marshall Thompson and Cheryl Miller reprising their film roles.

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