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Norman Tokar is a Director and Scriptwriter American born on 25 november 1919 at Newark (USA)

Norman Tokar

Norman Tokar
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Nationality USA
Birth 25 november 1919 at Newark (USA)
Death 6 april 1979 (at 59 years) at Hollywood (USA)

Norman Tokar (November 25, 1919 in Newark, New Jersey - April 6, 1979 in Hollywood) was a prolific director (and occasionally writer and producer) of serial television and feature films, who directed many of the early episodes of Leave it to Beaver, and found his greatest success directing over a dozen films for Walt Disney Productions, spanning the 1950s to the 1970s.

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The Cat from Outer Space (1978)
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Filmography of Norman Tokar (17 films)

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The Cat from Outer Space, 1h44
Directed by Norman Tokar, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Comic science fiction
Themes Films about animals, Comedy science fiction films, Films about cats, Children's films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Ronnie Schell, Ken Berry, Sandy Duncan, Harry Morgan, Roddy McDowall, McLean Stevenson
Rating60% 3.047573.047573.047573.047573.04757
An unidentified flying object makes an emergency landing on Earth and is taken into custody by the United States government. The occupant of the "flying saucer" turns out to be a strange cat-like alien named Zunar-J-5/9 Doric-4-7. Since the Mother Ship cannot send a rescue party before it leaves the solar system, the cat sets about investigating how to repair the ship himself. Using a special collar that amplifies telekinetic and telepathic abilities, he follows the military to the Energy Research Laboratory (or E.R.L.), where they hope to learn how the UFO's power source works. One of the lab's scientists, Dr. Frank Wilson, attracts the cat's attention when his theory on the power source, while ridiculed by the rest of the staff, is actually on the right track.
Candleshoe
Candleshoe (1977)
, 1h41
Directed by Norman Tokar
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Themes Heist films, Children's films
Actors David Niven, Helen Hayes, Jodie Foster, Leo McKern, Sydney Bromley, John Alderson
Rating67% 3.399113.399113.399113.399113.39911
Con-artist Harry Bundage (McKern) believes that the lost treasure of pirate captain Joshua St. Edmund is hidden at Candleshoe, the large country estate of Lady St Edmund (Hayes). Having gained access to Captain St. Edmund's hidden will with the help of a corrupt former cleaning woman at Candleshoe, Harry recruits American Casey Brown (Foster)—-an unwanted foster child and hooligan-—into the plot, employing her to pose as Lady St Edmund's granddaughter, the Honourable Margaret, 4th Marchioness of St Edmond, who was kidnapped at age four by her father and subsequently disappeared after her father's death. Casey is the right age to pass for Margaret and possesses several identifying scars that young Margaret was known to have. Casey agrees to go along with the con and discover further clues in exchange for a cut of the treasure.
No Deposit, No Return, 1h47
Directed by Norman Tokar
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Crime
Themes Heist films, Children's films
Actors David Niven, Darren McGavin, Don Knotts, Herschel Bernardi, Charles Martin Smith, Barbara Feldon
Rating64% 3.248263.248263.248263.248263.24826
It is the beginning of the Easter holidays for brother and sister Tracy and Jay. However, it begins with disappointment as they hear their mother, whom they had expected to pick them up from school, is in fact in Hong Kong. Before she left, she made plans that the two children spend the vacation with their grandfather, Los Angeles billionaire J. W. Osborne. This does not excite the children, a reaction equal to that of Osborne himself, who has bad experiences with the children, and takes steps to ensure the same level of chaos is not repeated.
The Apple Dumpling Gang, 1h40
Directed by Norman Tokar
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Western
Themes Children's films
Actors Bill Bixby, Susan Clark, Tim Conway, Don Knotts, Harry Morgan, Slim Pickens
Rating65% 3.250593.250593.250593.250593.25059
Set during the California Gold Rush, a slick gambler named Russell Donovan (Bill Bixby) arrives to town and finds himself duped into taking care of a trio of orphans with the town's sheriff, barber, Justice of the Peace, and judge Homer McCoy (Harry Morgan) telling him that he is legally obligated unless he can have someone else take custody of the children. By chance, the Bradley children end up finding gold with everyone in the town attempting to adopt the children from Donovan. Fearing they would not have the children's intentions in heart, he arranged a marriage with the stagecoach driver Magnolia Dusty Clydesdale (Susan Clark) so they can keep custody of the Bradley children. However, things become complicated when their legal guardian returns. At the same time, a pair of bumbling holdup men named Amos Tucker (Tim Conway) and Theodore Ogelvie (Don Knotts) attempt to steal the Bradleys' gold before their former boss Frank Stillwell (Slim Pickens) kidnap the children while stealing the gold. But it ends with the gold nugget blown to bits, Stillwell arrested, and Donovan and Dusty keeping the Bradley children as they use the reward money for Stillwell's arrest to buy a farm and on their way a reformed Amos and Theodore catches up with the newfound family asking for work as farmhands.
Snowball Express, 1h33
Directed by Norman Tokar, Christopher Hibler
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Children's films
Actors Dean Jones, Nancy Olson, Harry Morgan, Keenan Wynn, Johnny Whitaker, Michael McGreevey
Rating64% 3.248263.248263.248263.248263.24826
Johnny Baxter (Dean Jones) is at his corporate middle class job when a probate attorney (David White) tells him that his recently deceased uncle, Jacob Barnesworth, has left him sole ownership of the lucrative Grand Imperial Hotel in the fictional town of Silver Hill, Colorado. A letter written by Barnesworth claims that the hotel brings in more than $14,000 per month. Baxter, clearly chafing under the dehumanizing conditions at the office, views this as a golden opportunity.
The Boatniks, 1h40
Directed by Norman Tokar, Christopher Hibler, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Heist films, Children's films
Actors Robert Morse, Stefanie Powers, Phil Silvers, Norman Fell, Mickey Shaughnessy, Wally Cox
Rating54% 2.7102852.7102852.7102852.7102852.710285
U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Jordan (Joey Forman) responds to a number of pleas for help from civilian pleasure boat sailors off the coast of Southern California. This type of event is typical of what the Coast Guard deals with on a regular basis, and is one of the reasons why Jordan has requested to transfer to a new station. He is handing over the reins to Ensign Tom Garland (Robert Morse), a polite but remarkably clumsy fellow who will now report to Commander Taylor (Don Ameche), a man who fought in World War II with Garland's father and holds him in high regard.
Rascal
Rascal (1969)
, 1h25
Directed by Norman Tokar, Christopher Hibler, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Children's films
Actors Steve Forrest, Bill Mumy, Elsa Lanchester, Henry Jones, Bettye Ackerman, John Fiedler
Rating64% 3.240773.240773.240773.240773.24077
The movie is a dramatization of Sterling North's 1963 "memoir of a better era." Born near Edgerton, Wisconsin, North was a former literary editor for newspapers in Chicago and New York City. The movie relates a year in the life of young Sterling North (portrayed by Bill Mumy) and his "ringtailed wonder" pet raccoon, Rascal. Although set in Wisconsin, circa 1917, the movie was filmed in California.
The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit, 1h53
Directed by Norman Tokar, Christopher Hibler, Larry Lansburgh
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films about animals, Sports films, Films about horses, Children's films, Horse sports in film
Actors Kurt Russell, Dean Jones, Lloyd Bochner, Diane Baker, Morey Amsterdam, Fred Clark
Rating64% 3.247053.247053.247053.247053.24705
Madison Avenue advertising executive Fred Bolton, a Lakeville, Connecticut widower living beyond his means, is beset by two major problems. First, his boss at Tomes Advertising Agency has instructed him to come up with an original campaign – in 24 hours – to promote star client Allied Drug & Food's over-the-counter indigestion medication, "Aspercel." Allied's Chairman of the Board, Tom Dugan, wants a "jet-set" appeal campaign that will "give sour stomachs class and dignity."
The Happiest Millionaire, 2h24
Directed by Norman Tokar
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Fred MacMurray, Tommy Steele, Greer Garson, Gladys Cooper, Geraldine Page, Hermione Baddeley
Rating68% 3.446743.446743.446743.446743.44674
The story begins in Autumn of 1916, and follows an Irish immigrant named John Lawless (Tommy Steele) as he applies for a butler position with eccentric Philadelphia millionaire Anthony J. Drexel Biddle (Fred MacMurray). Even though the family is a bit strange, Lawless soon learns that he fits right in. Mr. Biddle takes a liking to him immediately. For the rest of the film, Lawless serves as the narrator/commentator.
Follow Me, Boys!, 2h11
Directed by Norman Tokar
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about children, Scoutisme, Children's films
Actors Fred MacMurray, Vera Miles, Donald May, Lillian Gish, Charles Ruggles, Elliott Reid
Rating71% 3.592963.592963.592963.592963.59296
In 1930, Lemuel "Lem" Siddons (Fred MacMurray) is a saxophonist in a traveling band who dreams of becoming a lawyer. When the band's bus reaches Hickory, a small town, Lem suddenly decides to leave the band and settle down, finding a job as a clerk in the general store.
The Ugly Dachshund, 1h35
Directed by Norman Tokar, Tom Leetch, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Charles Ruggles, Parley Baer, Mako Iwamatsu, Charles Lane
Rating66% 3.3476053.3476053.3476053.3476053.347605
Fran Garrison (Suzanne Pleshette) and her husband Mark (Dean Jones) are a young happy married couple and the proud owners of an award-winning Dachshund named Danke. The movie begins with them frantically getting into the car and heading to the hospital as "the pain has started and it's about time". In a hurry to the hospital, Officer Carmody tries to pull them over for going 50 mph in a 25 mph zone. After notifying that they are on the way to the hospital and indicating that Fran is the one in labor, Officer Carmody pulls in front of them and turns on the sirens to escort them to the county hospital. After he arrives and turns to find that Mr. and Mrs. Garrison have gone past him, he gets back on his motorcycle and follows them to the vet. It is then revealed that Danke is the one in labor. While Mark is outside waiting on Fran, Officer Carmody catches up to him and after Mark thanks him for helping them get to the vet on time, Officer Carmody reveals that he was under the impression that Mrs. Garrison was the one in labor and proceeds to write multiple traffic violation tickets totaling to $110. On the day that Mr. Garrison arrives at the vet to pick up Danke and her three newborn puppies: Wilhelmina, Heidi, and Chloe, veterinarian Dr. Pruitt (Charlie Ruggles) mentions that his female Great Dane, Duchess, has also just given birth but unfortunately does not have enough milk for all of her puppies and the runt of the group has been cast aside by her - as most dogs do under these circumstances. Doc Pruitt convinces Mark to bring the Great Dane puppy home so that Danke may wet nurse him until he has weaned. When he arrives home and Fran notices that there is another puppy, she is surprised but does not suspect that the puppy is from another litter and reminds Mark that he should thank Danke for giving him a boy like he always wanted. Before he knows it and after keeping his secret from Fran, the puppies have grown drastically in size. Of course, the Great Dane puppy whom he has named Brutus is significantly larger than the other four Dachshunds. As the dog grows up with Fran's Dachshund puppies, he believes he is one of them and picks up mannerisms like hunching close to the ground to walk. The Dachshunds are mischievous creatures and lead poor unsuspecting Brutus through a series of comic misadventures with Officer Carmody (now Sergeant Carmody) being chased up a tree, Mark's studio being splattered with paint, and a garden party being turned topsy-turvy. Fran wants Mark to remove Brutus from the house once-and-for-all but when Brutus saves her favorite puppy, Chloe from the garbage truck, she changes her mind. Mark and Fran enter their dogs in a dog show with Brutus meeting others of his breed. He notices a female Harlequin Great Dane and stands at attention. He goes on to win two blue ribbons. Brutus finally finds out what it's like to be a Great Dane.
Those Calloways, 2h11
Directed by Norman Tokar, Tom Leetch
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Children's films
Actors Brian Keith, Vera Miles, Brandon deWilde, Walter Brennan, Ed Wynn, Linda Evans
Rating67% 3.388233.388233.388233.388233.38823
La famille Calloway vit dans la forêt juste en dehors de la petite ville de Swiftwater en Nouvelle-Écosse. Le père Cam rêve de construire un sanctuaire pour les oies sauvages qui migrent. Mais la population de la ville trouve Cam trop excentrique. Cam et son fils Bucky décident d'amasser des fourrures pour récolter assez d'argent pour acheter un lac. Mais la somme récoltée ne suffit pas et ils sont contraints de vendre leur maison. La famille construit une nouvelle maison au bord du lac mais un promoteur envisage de construire une zone de loisirs dans la petite ville. Il propose à Cam en échange d'argent et de promesses d'aider à construire le sanctuaire de planter un champ de maïs pour attirer les oiseaux. Cam apprend par la suite que le but du promoteur est de faire un plan d'eau pour la chasse aux oies.
A Tiger Walks, 1h31
Directed by Norman Tokar
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Children's films
Actors Brian Keith, Vera Miles, Pamela Franklin, Sabu, Edward Andrews, Una Merkel
Rating64% 3.2450953.2450953.2450953.2450953.245095
A mistreated Bengal tiger named Raja escapes from a traveling circus, and 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.
Savage Sam
Savage Sam (1963)
, 1h43
Directed by Norman Tokar, Joseph L. McEveety
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Western
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Brian Keith, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, Dewey Martin, Jeff York, Marta Kristen
Rating62% 3.149113.149113.149113.149113.14911
Savage Sam is Old Yeller's son. He is a Bluetick Coonhound, and every bit as courageous and loyal as his father, as well as an incredibly keen tracker. Sam mostly likes chasing a bobcat, sometimes with Arliss.