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Toby Tyler (1960)
Young boy runs away to join the Circus and sees a silver dollar
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The 1960 Walt Disney film "TobyTyler or Ten Weeks with a Circus" is set in the period around 1900.
 
Toby Tyler is a young boy who runs away from home and joins a small travelling circus.
 
There he meets some colorful circus employees including Mr. Stubbs, a chimpanzee who becomes
his best friend.
 
Harry Tupper, a crooked employee, offers Toby a silver dollar a week to work for him selling snacks,
then lowers his wages to 50 cents a week and steals his tips.
 
A Morgan style silver dollar is shown, along with some coins in a box and a holed "slug".
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1. Title
 
Once Upon a Time
When the day the Circus came to town was the biggest day of the year...
 
An early 1900's poster advertises "Colonel Sam Castle's Great American Circus".
 
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2. Circus poster
 
The poster advertises "Performances Afternoon and Evening, Rain or Shine".
 
Toby Tyler is a young boy, around ten years old, an orphan who is living with Uncle Daniel and Aunt Olive,
who are actually not relatives of his.
 
Toby sees the poster and leaves home to visit the circus.
 
There he meets Harry Tupper, a concessionaire who sells peanuts and candied apples.
Toby has a penny and Harry sells him six "plantation grown goobers".
Toby tells Harry about his bad home life and Harry makes him an offer.
 
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3. Harry Tupper holds a coin
 
Harry offers Toby a silver dollar a week to work as his assistant and shows him the money.
 
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4. Toby with silver dollar
 
The coin is a Morgan type US silver dollar, made from 1878 to 1904 and again in 1921.
This particular example is very worn.
 
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5. Silver dollar obverse
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6. Silver dollar reverse
 
A United States Morgan silver dollar
 
United States dollar 1898
7. United States Morgan silver dollar 1898
 
Silver, 38mm, 26.73gm
 
Toby goes back home where his uncle starts yelling at him for going to town, telling Toby
that he is a "millstone around my neck" and not a real relative.
He also sends the boy to bed without any dinner.
 
Toby heads back to the circus and takes the job with Harry.
Ben Cotter, the circus strongman, meets Toby and shows him around the circus.
Toby also meets Sam Treat, a clown and animal doctor.
 
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8. Toby and Ben
 
Toby begins selling items at the circus while watching the performances.
At the end of a performance, he gives the money to Harry who puts it in a money box.
 
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9. Harry's money box
 
The money box has various coins in it along with a one dollar bill.
The coins appear to be standard prop coins.
 
Harry pulls out a coin and hands it to Toby.
 
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10. Harry hands coin to Toby
 
Harry tells Toby that it is a "lead slug" or counterfeit coin and that he will take five cents
out of Toby's pay for not examining coins given him.
 
Toby has received a few extra coins and Harry takes half of them claiming that as his manager,
he is entitled to half of his "tips".
 
Toby encounters a circus chimpanzee who also becomes his responsiblity.
Toby names the chimp "Mr. Stubbs".
 
The circus enters a new town with Ben and Toby driving the monkey carriage.
The carriage has an accident and rolls over.
 
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11. Circus cage accident
 
The accident frees the monkeys who run around the town.
 
Mr. Stubbs is found in an office firing a pistol at people.
The sheriff is about to shoot the chimp when Toby faces and disarms him.
 
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12. Toby disarms Mr. Stubbs
 
Toby and Ben expect to be fired but the circus owner, Colonel Castle, likes the publicity
and rewards the pair.
 
A week is over and Toby goes to Harry about his dollar pay.
Harry gives him an excuse and a fifty cent coin.
 
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13. Toby receives his pay
 
Toby examines the coin and hands it back to Harry.
 
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14. Toby hands back the coin
 
The "coin" has an obvious hole in it as it is probably a washer.
 
Toby, Ben, and Mr. Stubbs are driving a carriage at night.
 
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15. Mr. Stubbs examines Toby's finances
 
Toby now has $3.47 but the chimp dumps out all of Toby's money.
 
In town, the chimp pulls some letters from Harry's jacket and gives them to Toby.
They are from Toby's parents asking him to return home.
 
Toby leaves a note and heads home, unintentionally followed by the chimp.
A local hunter sees the chimp in a tree and, mistaking him for a bobcat, shoots him down.
 
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16. Mr. Stubbs down
 
Harry arrives and takes Toby back to the circus.
The hunter finds the chimp alive and brings him to the circus where he is treated by Sam.
 
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17. Mr. Stubbs revived
 
Toby's parents arrive but it is clear that Toby will stay with the circus as all of his friends are there.
 
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18. A Boy and his Friend
Notes:
 
Cast:
Kevin Corcoran as Toby Tyler
Bob Sweeney as Harry Tupper
Henry Calvin as Ben Cotter
Gene Sheldon as Sam Treat
Richard Eastham as Colonel Sam Castle
Barbara Beaird as Mademoiselle Jeanette
Mr. Stubbs as himself
 
Director: Charles Barton
Writers: Bill Walsh, Lillie Hayward, James Otis Kaler (novel)
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