Namu, the Killer Whale

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Namu, the Killer Whale
NamuTheKillerWhale UA promo poster.jpg
Directed by László Benedek
Produced by László Benedek, Lamar Boren, Ivan Tors
Written by Arthur Weiss
Starring Robert Lansing
Lee Meriwether
Robin Mattson
Music by Samuel Matlovsky (original music), Tom Glazer (theme song)
Cinematography Lamar Boren
Edited by Erwin Dumbrille
Distributed by United Artists (theatrical), MGM Home Entertainment (video)
Release date
  • August 1966 (1966-08)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Namu, the Killer Whale (re-issued as Namu, My Best Friend) is a 1966 American film about a killer whale (orca) being studied by a local marine biologist and initially feared by local townspeople.[1] The fictional story was filmed on location in the San Juan Islands and at Rich Cove near Port Orchard in the US state of Washington.[2] The film 'starred' the orca Namu, one of the first orcas ever displayed in captivity.


Theme song[edit]

"The Ballad of Namu, the Killer Whale" written and performed by Tom Glazer.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Namu - Tamed". The Sumter Daily Item. January 9, 1971. 
  2. ^ "National Geographic Runs Feature on Whale, Namu" Boxoffice 1966 March 21 page E-7

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