Swiss Family Movie Sites Revisited - a revisit 60 years later, of filming locations used by Walt Disney in the movie

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Thank you for the memories Tommy Kirk … December 10, 1941 - September 28, 2021

Tommy Kirk was the last surviving star in the movie Swiss Family Robinson filmed on the island of Tobago in 1959.
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1962 photo with twenty-one year old Tommy Kirk and younger brother Andrew Kirk (left). Photo courtesy - Tommy Kirk’s niece, Jennifer Kirk (daughter of Andrew Kirk).

Tommy Kirk played Ernst Robinson in the 1960 Disney movie Swiss Family Robinson filmed entirely on the island of Tobago from August 1959 to January 1960. The movie premiered on 10 December 1960 - Tommy Kirk’s 19th birthday.

Thank you for the memories Tommy Kirk … December 10, 1941 - September 28, 2021

Tommy Kirk was the last surviving star in the movie Swiss Family Robinson filmed on the island of Tobago in 1959.
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Excellent posts with expert research! Really amazing how thorough the information is regarding the shooting sites!

I have two minor corrections from Page 6. The photos showing the Mills family identify the boy child as "Kevin Corcoran" when it is actually Jonathan Mills, son of John Mills and Mary Hayley Bell, brother to Juliet and Hayley.

The photo of Janet Munro on a donkey is later identified as being "Yakima Canutt". It is actually Fess Reynolds, the animal trainer.
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Thanks so much for visiting Dexter. Yes it’s Fess … I actually have some behind the scenes photos of Fess in my book “The Disney Film Heritage of Tobago Swiss Family Robinson” (it’s available for online purchase at The Blue Edition Bookstore in Trinidad - you can Google it if you wish). Sadly, the erroneous Yak identification in a subsequent comment was never corrected - Thank you!

You’re absolutely correct, in the family photo it’s young Jonathan Mills. My bad 😥
Of course, it’s ‘Moochie’ on the elephant with Haley - he loved those black bathing trunks in 1959. Again, I have a few photos behind the scenes photos of him (taken by locals) in the water at Richmond Bay with Rocky, Fess with the zebra and some local handlers with the donkey (these are in my book).

Just a snippet. Jonathan and Haley went to school briefly in Tobago at Bishop’s in Scarborough. Two of their teachers were Mr and Mrs Sosa - I chatted with the Sosas recently and told them about Haley’s new book, Forever Young.

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Screenshot from the 1960 Disney movie Swiss Family Robinson (in red) inserted in a present day photo of the filming location at Shipwreck Bay, Belle Garden, Tobago

The shipwreck was anchored onto the rocks with steel bars (some of which are still underwater). The stern of the shipwreck was on the large rock close to the cliff, with the bow out in the water.

The scenes with the Robinson family on the deck of the shipwreck, and the family leaving the shipwreck on a makeshift tub raft were filmed at Shipwreck Bay, Belle Garden, Tobago in 1959.
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Swiss Family Robinson movie screenshot (Time - 22:44) - this scene with Father, Fritz and Ernst rescuing the animals from the shipwreck on a flotilla of wine kegs and barrels. This scene was filmed in the calm waters at Boat Bay, Belle Garden.
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‘Then and Now Shot’ of the filming location for the scene where Father, Fritz and Ernst rescue the animals from the shipwreck and pull the flotilla of animals ashore …
‘Then and Now Shot’ of the filming location for the scene where Father, Fritz and Ernst rescue the animals from the shipwreck and pull the flotilla of animals ashore …
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‘The Disney Film Heritage of Tobago Swiss Family Robinson
(Second Edition - November 2021)

The Disney Film Heritage of Tobago - Swiss Family Robinson documents Disney’s stay on the island of Tobago in the West Indies from March 1959 to January 1960,  during the filming of the movie Swiss Family Robinson.  The movie had an all-star cast comprising of John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Janet Munro, Sessue Hayakawa, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran and Cecil Parker.  

The book contains details of all seventeen film locations used during the making of the movie.  It highlights the untold stories of people who worked for Walt Disney Productions back then.  These include Tobagonians who acted as stand-ins and doubles for Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Janet Munro and Tommy Kirk, as well as some uncredited cast and crew members who worked with Walt Disney Productions.

Inside are one hundred behind the scenes black and white photographs taken during the filming of Swiss Family Robinson in 1959. There are thirty-four stunning color photographs of the filming locations as they are today. Present day photographs of some of the cast and crew are also included.

This book is a definitive historical film research document on Disney’s Swiss Family Robinson as told through the eyes of those who were present during the making of the movie in Tobago.  
It’s a must read for every vintage Disney movie fan.

Available in Trinidad at Charrans, Keith Khan’s Books Etc., Mohammeds Bookstore, Nigel R. Khan Bookseller and The BlueEdition. In Scarborough, Tobago at Nelson Bookstore and Radio Tambrin.

Regional and International Shipping Via The BlueEdition and Charrans.
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Screenshot of Francis and the dogs at the Great Dog (Richmond) River, Richmond Bay, Tobago 1959. In the now shot, the river runs parallel to the beach for a much shorter distance. It changed course after a rainstorm in 1972. Sadly, I lost my friend and guide Norman ‘Taw’ Hade (in blue tee shirt) to Covid-19.

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Screenshot of Francis and the dogs at the Great Dog (Richmond) River, Richmond Bay, Tobago 1959. In the now shot, the river runs parallel to the beach for a much shorter distance.
Screenshot of Francis and the dogs at the Great Dog (Richmond) River, Richmond Bay, Tobago 1959. In the now shot, the river runs parallel to the beach for a much shorter distance.
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