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So Dear to My Heart (1948)

 -  Family | Drama  -  19 January 1949 (USA)
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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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Uncle Hiram Douglas
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Granny Kincaid
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Jeremiah 'Jerry' Kincaid
Luana Patten ...
Tildy
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Head Judge at County Fair
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Pete Grundy, Storekeeper
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Grampa Meeker
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Mr. Burns, Horse Trainer
Spelman B. Collins ...
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John Beal ...
Jeremiah as an Adult, Narrator (voice)
Ken Carson ...
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Bob Haymes ...
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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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Tão Perto do Coração  »

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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 »


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It's Whatcha Do With Whatcha Got
Written by Don Raye & Gene de Paul (as Gene DePaul)
Sung by Ken Carson
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Too innocent for contemporary audiences, but taken in the context of when it was made this is still enjoyable.
26 October 2003 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

So Dear To My Heart is a more-or-less forgotten Disney movie made in 1949. It feels like an attempt to repeat the success of the studio's 1946 classic Song of the South, but the innocent, twee approach is likely to be met with derision by many of today's street-wise youngsters. That's not to say the film is bad. In fact, if you can put it into the context of when it was made and try to enjoy it for its merits, this film is actually a lovely slice of entertainment.

The simple story tells of a young boy called Jeremiah Kincaid (Bobby Driscoll) who lives on a farm in 1903, helping his granny (Beulah Bondi) with the up-keep of the place. He comes to own a young black lamb named Danny, and dreams of taking the lamb to the County Fair - though granny advises him not to bother, since there's no call for black wool. Young Jeremiah is visited by some animated creatures who convince him to follow his heart.... if he thinks the lamb has a chance of winning, what the hell! Why not go for it?

Driscoll was one of the finest child actors ever and here he is excellent as the young boy with a far-fetched dream. Bondi as granny is stern but lovable, and Burl Ives is good too as the boy's optimistic uncle. The animation is quite good, but the live action takes up most of the screen time. There are some memorable songs, although the Oscar nominated tune "Lavender Blue" is actually rather disappointing.

So Dear To My Heart is worth watching, just so long as you remember that it was made in a time when the world was more innocent.


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