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Tomboy and the Champ
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Directed by Francis D. Lyon
Screenplay by Virginia M. Cooke
William Lightfoot
Starring Candy Moore
Ben Johnson
Jesse White
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) April 1, 1961 (1961-04-01)
Running time 82 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Tomboy and the Champ is a 1961 American drama film directed by Francis D. Lyon and starring Candy Moore, Ben Johnson, and Jesse White.


A young girl in Texas is stricken with polio and it is caring for her pet calf that keeps her strong. She enters the calf in the Chicago International Exposition. The calf wins but the girl discovers that her cow will be auctioned off for a slaughterhouse. A good natured meat packer intervenes, and the girl and the calf are reunited.


  • Candy Moore as Tommie Jo Layne
  • Ben Johnson as Jim Wilkins
  • Jesse White as Windy Skiles
  • Jess Kirkpatrick as Parson Dan Webster
  • Paul Bernath as Jasper Stockton
  • Christine Smith as Sarah Wilkins
  • Norman Sherry as Fowler Stockton
  • John Carpenter as Fred Anderson
  • Larry Hickie as Curly Cone
  • Wally Phillips as Hi-Fi Club Announcer
  • Ralph Fisher as 4-H Club President
  • Rex Allen as Himself
  • Casey Tibbs as Himself
  • Jerry Naill as Himself
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