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So Dear to My Heart (1948)

 -  Family | Drama  -  23 March 1949 (UK)
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This heartwarming classic tells the tale of a country boy who adopts a mischevious black lamb and learns valuable lessons about love and dedication.


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Cast overview:
Uncle Hiram Douglas
Granny Kincaid
Jeremiah 'Jerry' Kincaid
Luana Patten ...
Head Judge at County Fair
Raymond Bond ...
Pete Grundy, Storekeeper
Walter Soderling ...
Grampa Meeker
Matt Willis ...
Mr. Burns, Horse Trainer
Spelman B. Collins ...
John Beal ...
Jeremiah as an Adult, Narrator (voice)
Ken Carson ...
Voice of Wise Old Owl (voice)
Bob Haymes ...
Singer Bob Haymes
The Rhythmaires ...
Vocal Ensemble


This heartwarming classic tells the tale of a country boy who adopts a mischevious black lamb and learns valuable lessons about love and dedication.

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A Walt Disney Country Fair, Filled with Music, Laughter, Drama! (1964 re-release) See more »


Family | Drama


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(RCA Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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This was to be Disney's first all live-action film. The animated sequences were added later because people thought a Disney film had to have animation. See more »


"County Fair'
Written by Robert Wells (as Bob wells) & Mel Tormé
Sung by Ken Carson
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Another Disney live-action/animation winner!
3 September 2001 | by (Raleigh, N.C.) – See all my reviews

"So Dear to My Heart" is yet another great Disney live-action/animation film. Kind of a follow-up to "Song of the South", but equally good. Burl Ives and his songs make the film worth seeing alone. A surprise song in the movie is "Billy Boy", sung in a duet between Beulah Bondi and Burl Ives. Bobby Driscoll and Luana Patten are just as fresh and appealing here as they were in "Song of the South". During the scene with the song "Billy Boy", watching them smile just fills me with joy. Equally joyous is seeing them dance with Bondi and Ives later in the same scene. If only they lived longer in real life, then I'd probably meet and work with them. This movie is not as well-known as other Disney films, probably because of its simple story, but don't miss it. With a lot of pros I've mentioned above, it doesn't seem dated. I love it as much as "Song of the South" and rate it **** out of ****.

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