Mark Lester, star of the 1968 Oscar-winner Oliver!, heads the cast of the made-for-TV The Boy Who Stole the Elephant. Lester plays a young employee of a 19th century travelling circus. He befriends the circus' elephant (played by "Margie"), which is appearing on loan. When the larcenous circus manager (David Wayne) covertly plans to sell the elephant, Lester kidnaps the friendly pachyderm and embarks upon a long journey to find the animal's rightful owner. Based on a novel by Jullily Kohler, The Boy Who Stole the Elephant was originally telecast September 20 and 26, 1970, as a two-part episode of TV's Wonderful World of Disney; it was then released theatrically overseas.
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