Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion

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Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion
Clarence movie poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
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.


Animal doctors fight to protect the wildlife of Africa. An adventurous and fearless girl Paula Tracey (Cheryl Miller) is the daughter of veterinarian Dr. Marsh Tracey (Marshall Thompson), the director of the animal hospital in East Africa. While studying the wildlife and caring for the injured animals and endangered species, they find Clarence, a wild African lion whose eyes make hunting impossible. Dr. Tracey and Paula take him in and adopt him as a new member of the wildlife preserve. Clarence later saves the day when Julie Harper (Betsy Drake) and her research monkeys are threatened by poachers.[1]

Cast notes[edit]

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


  • 'Clarence' Himself, a lion
  • 'Doris' Herself, a chimpanzee
  • 'Mary Lou' Herself, a python


  1. ^ Stephanie Thames,"Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion" TCM Turner Classic Movies

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