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Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer (2018)

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Raised in poverty in Kentucky, Mabel Stark joined the circus in 1911 and became the first woman to train tigers, earning the center ring despite being told that women couldn’t work the big cats. In a 57-year career, she headlined shows with Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey, survived multiple maulings and marriages, starred in Hollywood movies, and managed up to 20 cats by forming intimate relationships with each, rather than using the whip. Her life ended tragically just outside of Jungleland in Thousand Oaks, CA, and her legacy and the golden era of the American circus is recounted by former animal trailers, performers and historian Janet Davis, with Mabel’s voice, from her memoir “Hold That Tiger”, provided by Oscar winner Melissa Leo.


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: April, 2018 (Limited) by Cinema Libre
Video Release: April 10th, 2018 by Cinema Libre Video
Running Time: 87 minutes
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Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Countries: United States

Documentary Subject(s)

Mabel Stark    Herself


Melissa Leo    Narrator


Janet M. Davis    Herself
Clyde Beatty Jr    Himself
Zoltan Hargitay    Himself

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Production and Technical Credits

Leslie Zemeckis    Screenwriter
Leslie Zemeckis    Producer
Sheri Hellard    Producer
Jacqueline Levine    Producer
Robert Zemeckis    Producer

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