The Wonderful World of Disney/Mountain Born

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Mountain Born
Season 18, Episode 10
Airdate January 9, 1972
Writer(s) teleplay
Homer McCoy
Based on the book by
Elizabeth Yates
Director(s) James Algar
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Mountain Born is the tenth episode of the eighteenth season of The Wonderful World of Disney, and the four hundred thirty-sixth episode overall.

Cast: Sam Austin (Jason), Walter Stroud (Benj), Jolene Terry (Martha), Mayf Nutter (Narrator)


Plot Overview

Jason is an 11-year old who lives his widowed mother on an isolated sheep ranch high in the Colorado mountains. He hopes to someday be like his idol, Benj, the ranch foreman. Benj gives the boy the job of watching over a young lamb after Jason saves the animal from dying. This affords Jason his first real responsibility, and Benj helps him learn the way of a shepherd.


Music & Lyrics by Sam Austin



The Show

Behind the Scenes

For Disney's Mountain Born the expert in Border Collies was Ohio native, Carl H. Bradford, Sr. He was the shepherd at the Ohio Stae University Research Center at Wooster for over 40 years. Carl brought four of his border collies to perform in this Disney movie filmed in Teluride, Colorado.

Carl was in the National Geographic Book of Dogs under Border Collies. He performed with his dogs in Madison Square Garden. Mr. Bradford was fixture at the Ohio State Fair for many years. A friend of Bob Evans, he often showed his dogs working sheep and ducks at the Rio Grande, Ohio Farm of Bob Evans. Mr. Bradford was actively involved in popularizing the border collie breed in the United States. He had as many as forty border collies at one time at his farm in Hayesville, Ohio. Many of his dogs were imported from the British Isles. Carl, along with his two sons Jerry and Carl Jr., would personally travel to select their dogs in the 1960s. Carl Bradford was born October 28, 1908 and died December 11, 1997.

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