Rarities! Two vintage promos and a spotting of the soundtrack album

So my brother-in-law who lives near LA sends me a text message with this picture:

He considered getting it for me but said the vinyl was in poor condition. <sigh!> This is one item I have wanted since I was a kid. Oh well. It’s a record store somewhere near LA if someone wants to find it. 🙂

Our friend Ken from Down Under sent these awesome vintage promos for Daktari. Do any of you remember these? I immediately recognized the episodes:







Cheryl Miller’s first TV appearance, and rare behind-the-scenes videos

My thanks to my Aussie friend Ken Lynch for these great finds!

Bachelor Father

Cheryl Miller’s first TV appearance was in 1957 on “Bachelor Father” starring John Forsythe. She was 14. She has a very small role — fast forward 20 minutes in to see her:

Here’s some screen caps from her appearance as “Nancy:”



Rare behind-the-scenes footage

Ken recently found a website called the Producers Library, an independent stock footage and video archive library.  A search for Daktari revealed a number of very interesting pieces of behind-the-scenes footage (with and without sound) featuring Marshall Thompson and lots of footage of the animals used in the TV series.


There are two particularly interesting clips of Marshall Thompson and the show’s producer talking to camera, plus the Studio 2 clip that opens with a view of Cheryl Miller’s dressing room door, followed by Yale Summers’ chair with his name on it.

The blond woman in the films is Toni Helfer, the first wife of Ralph Helfer.

You can download and save these clips to your own personal collection.




First glimpse of Cheryl Miller in “Mountain Man”

cheryl-miller-in-mountain-manBack in 1976, Cheryl Miller co-starred in a now hard-to-find movie titled “Mountain Man.” Also known as “Guardian of the Wilderness it stars Denver Pyle, Ken Berry, Donald Shanks and Cheryl. From imdb.com: “It is the supposedly true story of Galen Clark, the man who created Yosemite Park. In the twilight of his life and regretting that he hasn’t accomplished anything significant, Galen decides to travel out west to die in the wilderness. After spending some time in nature, however, he gets his spirits back and decides to make his home there, bringing his daughter and her family out with him. Together, they start a new life in the forest with their animal friends.”

Here is a clip from the movie — Cheryl makes a brief appearance at the 2:35 mark:

Thanks again to Walter, the “wonder man” — he finds so many great things! He wants to find the full-length version of the movie and I bet you he does! 🙂





Cheryl Miller 1966 “in great form for Daktari”

I was so pleased to see this picture on eBay — this was one of my favorites from my lost scrapbook. I remember my best friend wrapped the photo like a gift and hid it in a tree and led me on a delightful treasure hunt to find it. I was so thrilled and will always remember my childhood best friend for that. 🙂




You can watch Cheryl Miller now on Facebook

Thanks again to Walter for this find! You can see Cheryl Miller’s new page (under Cheryl Kasselman) here: https://www.facebook.com/cheryl.kasselmann.1?fref=ts

I do not have permission to post her picture here but you can see it on her Facebook page. It was taken by a fan at the July autograph show.

Welcome to Facebook Cheryl!




Tons of new YouTube videos on Daktari — wait until you see!

YouTube has had scant few videos related to Daktari but the release of all four seasons on DVD has certainly changed things. I did a random search yesterday and came up with a ton of stuff!

First, this gem:

The Legend of Ivan Tors

This is an hour-long documentary — I didn’t even know it existed. Eagerly looking forward to this:

Here’s a trailer to Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion:

And here’s an adorable tribute to Jack and Paula:

(I think I may have posted this before, but it’s worth posting again.)

This is just a sampling. There are several lists on YouTube with much to see:

YouTube lists

Popular Daktari and Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion Videos (13 videos — this one includes a trailer for “The Man from Clover Grove”)

Popular Videos – Daktari (200 videos)

Ken discovered a playlist that features (to date) 11 of the 33 episodes of Angel in which Marshall Thompson starred in 1960-61:


Annie Fargé and Marshall Thompson www.marshall-thompson.com

Annie Fargé and Marshall Thompson www.marshall-thompson.com

Angel was about a young scatterbrained Frenchwoman, Angelique “Angel” Smith, played by Annie Fargé, who comes to the US and marries a young architect, John Smith, portrayed by Thompson.



Cheryl Miller to appear July 9 and 10 at The Hollywood Show in LA

UPDATE: One of our readers, Susan, got a chance to go to the show. She graciously shared her pictures with us:

autograph show composite july 2016

She described her meeting with Cheryl:

She is beautiful inside and out. She took all the time to talk to us very sweet. We got the v.i.p package and that includes a 8×10 professional picture. She was very gracious and took that picture of us:  me, my daughter and granddaughter. My daughter ask if she could take a cell picture of me and her, she said yes, I was in front of her table and she was behind her table and she said, “We are going do this right” and she came way around the tables and took a picture next to me and my granddaughter. How nice was that. She was also very gracious in signed a pictures for my granddaughter and me. She is extremely nice and very pretty.

Thank you Susan! We are all very envious! 🙂


The Hollywood Show is the largest autograph show in the country. According to their website, over 80 stars will be at the show for photo ops and autograph signing.

Cheryl Miller was there in 2015 and will be returning this year:

00 cheryl miller at the hollywood show

I am told by a source who saw her last year that she still looks as lovely as ever even as she celebrated her 73rd birthday this year.

cheryl miller of daktari today

This source, by the way, recently commented on a previous post, The Story of Africa, U.S.A.–she was an assistant director on Daktari and recalled some great stories. I’m encouraging her to share more. Check out her comments on that post for a fascinating inside look–her name is Lynn Guthrie. She has worked on many shows including The Waltons.

My brother-in-law collects autographs and goes to The Hollywood Show all the time–I texted him last night and asked that if he was going, if he could stand in for me and get a picture and an autograph. Unfortunately he and his wife are moving during that time so it may not happen this year. But who knows?? 🙂

Maybe some of you can go and do the same!

Check out The Hollywood Show’s Facebook page (that’s where I got the picture).