Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Filmed in Germany with an American production crew, The Bashful Elephant isn't really about the title character. Most of the screen time is taken up with the elephant's trainer (Helumut Schmid), who is in the midst of an unpleasant divorce. Producer/directors Dorrell and Stuart McGowan had just come off several years of TV's Death Valley Days, and were hoping to crack the family-movie market with The Bashful Elephant. Unfortunately, this middling project never got any farther than bottom-of-bill bookings and occasional engagements in church basements. The brothers had better luck with their next project, the Canadian-based TV adventure weekly The Littlest Hobo--which starred a dog rather than a pachyderm.
divorce, animal-trainer, dog, elephant, girl, orphan