Wednesday, 25 July 2012

1966, Television: Daktari

Daktari (Swahili for "doctor"), an American television series, premièred on January 11, 1966 on CBS. The series, an Ivan Tors Films Production in association with MGM Television, stars Marshall Thompson as Dr. Marsh Tracy, a veterinarian at the fictional Wameru Study Centre for Animal Behaviour in East Africa. Daktari was based upon the 1965 film Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion. From 1966 to 1969 a total of 89 episodes were produced during a four season span.

The show follows the work of Dr. Tracy, his daughter Paula (Cheryl Miller), and his staff, who frequently protected animals from poachers and local officials. Tracy's pets, a cross-eyed lion named Clarence and a chimpanzee named Judy, were also very popular characters. In the show's final season, child star Erin Moran joined the cast as Jenny Jones, a seven-year-old orphan who becomes part of the Tracy household.
Clarence & Cheryl Miller
Marshall Thompson & Judy

Main Cast
  • Marshall Thompson as Dr. Marsh Tracy
  • Cheryl Miller as Paula Tracy
  • Hedley Mattingly as District Officer Hedley
  • Yale Summers as Jack Dane (1966–1968)
  • Erin Moran as Jenny Jones (1968–1969)
  • Hari Rhodes as Mike Makula

Opening Titles

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