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Albert Sidney Fleischman (screenplay)
James Street (novel)
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Release Date:
12 May 1956 (USA) See more »
A Lonely Boy...A Lonely Dog...A Truly Wonderful Love Story See more »
An old man and a young boy who live in the southeastern Mississippi swamps are brought together by the love of a dog. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Walter Brennan ... Uncle Jesse Jackson

Phil Harris ... A. H. 'Cash' Evans

Brandon De Wilde ... Skeeter Jackson

Sidney Poitier ... Gates Watson

William Hopper ... Walden Grover

Louise Beavers ... Bonnie Drew

George Chandler ... Reporter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
My Love of the Congo ... Lady the Dog (uncredited)

Directed by
William A. Wellman 
Writing credits
Albert Sidney Fleischman (screenplay) (as Sid Fleischman)

James Street (novel)

Produced by
John Wayne .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Laurindo Almeida 
George Fields 
Cinematography by
William H. Clothier (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Fred MacDowell 
Art Direction by
Donald A. Peters 
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle 
Makeup Department
Web Overlander .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Nate H. Edwards .... production manager
Gordon B. Forbes .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Murphy .... assistant director
Art Department
Gordon Gurnee .... assistant art director
Joe LaBella .... property master (as Joseph LaBella)
Sound Department
Earl Crain Jr. .... sound
Al Cavigga .... sound editor (uncredited)
Dave DePatie .... sound editor (uncredited)
Paul Reuting .... sound editor (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carl Walker .... costumer
Music Department
Laurindo Almeida .... musician: guitar
George Fields .... musician: harmonica
Other crew
Hazel W. Hall .... script supervisor (as Hazel Hall)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Good Bye My Lady" - USA (poster title)
"Goodbye, My Lady" - USA (cable TV title)
"The Boy and the Laughing Dog" - USA (reissue title)
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94 min
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Finland:S | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)
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Did You Know?

According to Hedda Hopper's column of August 28, 1955, director William A. Wellman was planning to cast Vivian Vance and William Frawley (the Mertzes in "I Love Lucy" (1951)) to play a married couple in a single scene for this film.See more »
Errors in geography: A shot of Uncle Jesse and Skeeter's kitchen shows a bag of C&H (California and Hawaiian) sugar on the shelf. C&H sugar distribution has been almost exclusively west of the Mississippi River. Domino is the longtime sugar of choice in Mississippi where the story takes place.See more »
Walden Grover:That's a lot of money.
Skeeter Jackson:That's a lot of dog.
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When Your Boy Becomes a ManSee more »


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Don't low-rate Phil Harris, 24 June 2001
Author: VernC from United States

Phil Harris's contribution to this low-key gem should be acknowledged. Harris does not strike a single false note in his role as the local merchant and bird hunter. Sydney Poitier is a little less believable. By the way, the characters are properly described as swamp folk, or swamp rats, not hill billies.

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