A Tiger Walks (1964)


A Tiger Walks (1964)

A tiger escapes from a circus truck as it passes by a small town, and hides itself in the surrounding woods. This throws the town into a panic and everyone wants the animal killed immediately, except for the daughter of the sheriff. She wants to capture the tiger and put it in a zoo, thereby saving the tiger's life. Her determination starts a nationwide campaign among children to raise the money to buy the tiger from the circus, but first, she, her father and an Indian tiger trainer must find the tiger before the National Guard do, who have orders to kill it on sight.
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Director Norman Tokar
Writer Ian Niall
Writer Lowell S. Hawley
Release Date1964-03-12
Runtime1h 31min
GenreFamily, Drama
Content RatingApproved (Approved)
CompanyWalt Disney Productions
Sheriff Pete Williams
Dorothy Williams
Julie Williams
Ram Singh
Edward Andrews
Edward Andrews
Governor Robbins
Una Merkel
Una Merkel
Mrs. Watkins
Vern Goodman
Frank McHugh
Frank McHugh
Bill Watkins
Arthur Hunnicutt
Arthur Hunnicutt
Frank Lewis
Theodore Marcuse
Theodore Marcuse
Josef Pietz
Betty Collins
Jack Albertson
Jack Albertson
Sam Grant

A Tiger Walks

A Tiger Walks is a 1964 family drama film directed by Norman Tokar and starring Vera Miles and Brian Keith. Based on the 1960 novel of the same name by Ian Niall, it was produced by Walt Disney Productions. It was Indian actor Sabu's last film, released only a few months after his death.


Raja, a mistreated Bengal tiger, escapes from a traveling circus, and it hides in the woods surrounding the small town of Scotia. The new arrival starts a panic, and the townsfolk want Raja killed with the exception of Julie Williams (played by Pamela Franklin), the sheriff's daughter. Julie wishes to capture Raja and put it in a zoo. To raise enough money to purchase Raja from the circus, she starts a campaign with the slogan "save the tiger" to rally children across the nation in the tiger's defense, resulting in national attention brought to the sleepy town. However, she, her father, and an Indian tiger trainer first need to find Raja before the National Guard, who are under orders to shoot the tiger on sight.


  • Brian Keith as Sheriff Pete Williams
  • Vera Miles as Dorothy Williams
  • Pamela Franklin as Julie Williams
  • Sabu as Ram Singh
  • Edward Andrews as Governor Robbins
  • Una Merkel as Mrs. Watkins
  • Peter Brown as Vern Goodman
  • Kevin Corcoran as Tom Hadley
  • Frank McHugh as Bill Watkins
  • Connie Gilchrist as Liddy Lewis
  • Arthur Hunnicutt as Frank Lewis
  • Theodore Marcuse as Josef Pietz
  • Merry Anders as Betty Collins
  • Frank Aletter as Joe Riley
  • Jack Albertson as Sam Grant
  • Donald May as Captain Anderson
  • Stafford Repp as Mr. Blonden, City Editor
  • Serang and Sultan as Raja