Gentle Giant

Gentle Giant

Director: James Neilson Cast: Dennis Weaver, Vera Miles, Ralph Meeker



The title character is a benign 7-foot-tall grizzly bear (perhaps all grizzlies are benign, but we're not about to get close enough to find out). Little Clint Howard befriends the bear, naming the beast Ben. Clint's wildlife-officer dad Dennis Weaver and mom Vera Miles have some trouble adjusting to the boy's new pet, but all ends happily after a lengthy sojourn in the Everglades. The best scenes involve ex-Bowery-Boy Huntz Hall, here playing a grizzled old swamp tramp. The upshot of Gentle Giant's success was the TV series Gentle Ben, which also starred Howard and Weaver and which ran from 1967 through 1969.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/15/1997
UPC: 0017153148039
Original Release: 1967
Rating: NR
Source: Republic Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dennis Weaver Tom Wedloe
Vera Miles Ellen Wedloc
Ralph Meeker Fog Hanson
Clint Howard Mark Wedloe
Huntz Hall Dink
Charles Martin Mike
Rance Howard Tater
Frank Schuller Charlie
Robertson White Swenson
Ric O'Feldman Mate
Ben the Bear Actor
Levirne de Bord Second Fisherman
Frank Logan Second Townsman
Alfred Metz First Fisherman
Jerry Newby First Townsman
James Piddle Skipper

Technical Credits
James Neilson Director
Warren Adams Editor
Bruce Bushman Art Director
Peter Colbert Editor
Ralph Helfer Consultant/advisor
Don Ivey Set Decoration/Design
Jack Johnson Special Effects
Edward J. Lasko Screenwriter
Samuel Matlovsky Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ivan Tors Producer
Andy White Screenwriter
Howard Winner Cinematographer

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