Monday, December 22, 2014

Let's All Go To The Movies - The Bear

Occasionally the search for old photographs finds your LOST GALLERY curator in the darkest corner of a junk shop, elbow deep in a hat-box of ephemera. It's rare, but occasionally we see a familiar face ...

Not a chance here.

This one is a puzzle. I looked for a 1963 film released by Embassy Films. There was a 1984 movie called "The Bear" staring Gary Bussy which oddly enough, was also distributed by Embassy Pictures. There was also a wild life movie called "The Bear" in 1988 released by Tri-Star.

However it took some looking to find "The Bear" (1963) directed by Edmond Sechan. I finally found this synopsis on the TCM web site:

Lucien Ménard, a newly hired zoo keeper, is assigned to take care of a bear named Gôcha. At first he is afraid of the bear and Chappuis, the tyrannical boss at the zoo, but Ménard's fears evaporate when he discovers that Gôcha can speak. He learns that the fearsome attitude of the bear is merely a result of his loneliness. Ménard teaches Gôcha to read and to play cards, and he arranges for him to spend a night with his true love, a polar bear in the next cage. Chappuis finds out about the talking bear, but no one believes him, and he is fired for drunkenness. Ménard replaces him as head zoo keeper and arranges for Gôcha to be returned to the wild.

The Bear

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