MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,094 this week

Old Yeller (1957)

7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 6,831 users  
Reviews: 57 user | 22 critic

A boy brings a yellow dog home. The dog loves the family as much as they love him, but can the love last ?

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 44 titles
created 18 Aug 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 22 Dec 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 27 titles
created 2 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Old Yeller" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Old Yeller (1957)

Old Yeller (1957) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Old Yeller.

User Polls

1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Savage Sam (1963)
Western | Family | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Travis, Arliss, and Lisbeth are captured by Apaches while Old Yeller's son, Sam, tracks their trail.

Director: Norman Tokar
Stars: Brian Keith, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran
Tonka (1958)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In Dakota territory in the 1870s, White Bull, a young Sioux, proves his manhood by catching and training a wild colt he names Tonka. When a cruel cousin claims the horse as the privilege of... See full summary »

Director: Lewis R. Foster
Stars: Sal Mineo, Philip Carey, Jerome Courtland
Family | Western | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Legends (and myths) from the life of famed American frontiersman Davey Crockett are depicted in this feature film edited from television episodes. Crockett and his friend George Russell ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Foster
Stars: Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Basil Ruysdael
Family | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Davy Crockett and his sidekick Georgie compete against boastful Mike Fink ("King of the River") in a boat race to New Orleans. Later, Davy and Georgie, allied with Fink, battle a group of ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Foster
Stars: Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Jeff York
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A boy attempts to realize his father's dream of climbing an alpine peak known as the Citadel.

Director: Ken Annakin
Stars: Michael Rennie, James MacArthur, Janet Munro
Adventure | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

Director: Kevin Costner
Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene
The Searchers (1956)
Adventure | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from an Indian tribe.

Director: John Ford
Stars: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Jim Craig has lived his first 18 years in the mountains of Australia on his father's farm. The death of his father forces him to go to the low lands to earn enough money to get the farm ... See full summary »

Director: George Miller
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Tom Burlinson, Terence Donovan
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An oppressed Mexican peasant village assembles seven gunfighters to help defend their homes.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson
True Grit (1969)
Certificate: M Adventure | Western | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn young woman track down her father's murderer in Indian territory.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell
Free Willy (1993)
Family | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

When a boy learns that a beloved killer whale is to be killed by the aquarium owners, the boy risks everything to free the whale.

Director: Simon Wincer
Stars: Jason James Richter, Lori Petty, Michael Madsen
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The adventures of a young cat and a dog as they find themselves accidentally separated and each swept into a hazardous trek.

Director: Masanori Hata
Stars: Kyôko Koizumi, Dudley Moore, Søren Kragh-Jacobsen
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Jeff York ...
...
...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

Young Travis Coates is left to take care of the family ranch with his mother and younger brother while his father goes off on a cattle drive in the 1860's. When a yellow mongrel comes for an uninvited stay with the family, Travis reluctantly adopts the dog. After a series of scrapes involving raccoons, snakes, bears and all manner of animals, Travis grows to love and respect Old Yeller, who comes to have a profound effect on the boy's life. Written by David Mullich <dmullich@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

dog | bear | ranch | 1860s | cattle | See more »

Taglines:

All the heart, all the excitement of a great frontier adventure! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 December 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Su Más Fiel Amigo  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Although the movie is based in Texas, it was filmed in California. See more »

Goofs

After Old Yeller catches the catfish and Travis scolds him and Arliss for being in the drinking water, the next scene shows Old Yeller lying on his side perfectly clean and dry. See more »

Quotes

Katie Coates: Now Arliss, you ride back here with Yeller.
Arliss Coates: On a count of he's a sicker Injun than me?
Katie Coates: Yes.
See more »

Crazy Credits

and introducing Tommy Kirk Kevin Corcoran See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cosby Show: How Ugly Is He? (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Yeller
Lyrics by Hazel George (as Gil George)
Music by Oliver Wallace
Sung by Jerome Courtland
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

A pleasing little Disney movie.
13 January 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

A pleasing, typical Disney tale from the late 50's, whilst "Old Yeller" boasts nothing either remarkable or original, its laid-back story and its simple approach is bound to please younger, less demanding children. Meanwhile, the truly dated yet lighthearted and entertaining aspects of this western-set movie are bound to both amuse and appeal to the adults, resuting in a warm, gentle little tale.

The "Old Yeller" of the title, is, in fact, a stray dog, which, after one day being discovered by a young teenager (Tommy Kirk), quickly befriends and becomes part of family life in the west. The family, in fact, consists of Kirk, his brother (Kevin Corcocan), and their mother, Dorothy McGuire. Father, meanwhile, has gone away on business, with the promise of returning in some months on horse and cart. During his departure, the two boys and their mother incur a series of ups and downs, most of which involve their newfound doggy friend, making him a true part of the family.

"Old Yeller" could be to blame (Or, perhaps, credited) for creating so many conventions that nearly every 'Doggy' movie made since seems to follow (e.g. "K9," or "Turner and Hooch). For instance, whilst the central characters eventually develop a close and loving relationship with the brave little dog, this is not the case in the initial scenes where the mutt makes his appearance, leading the way for a series of sequences where we witness a number of scornful feuds and fights. Also, without giving away too much of "Old Yeller's" narrative, in nearly every case, the dog in a 'Doggy movie' always seem to meet a nasty ending. "Old Yeller" is no exception.

Fred Gipson's screenplay never even remotely hides its novel's origins, and later scenes feel like a chapter from a book. This is mainly because rather than being made up of one main narrative, "Old Yeller" is divided up into numerous plots, including the dog having a fight with a bear, and, facing the consequences of being taken away by his real owner when he comes to fetch him some time later.

There's little here to impress in the way of animal tricks or stunts, although several of the attack sequences hold some impact. It's obvious that camera trickery and smart editing are more dominant in this movie than anything else; during the many scenes involving humans and animals, it is rare that they're seen in the same frame.

There is no denying that "Old Yeller" is a dated movie, and this is probably most evident with the amazingly dated and silly sounding opening song. Even so, it's all undeniably nice to look at, and boasts the typical morals that most Disney pictures made around this time contain. And, with a running time at just over eighty minutes, its unlikely you'll get bored. All in all, a nice, warm little film.




9 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Marley + Me zth_sma
When Did You First See 'Old Yeller'? cairn6
He should've shot Arliss too. alongdrive
This movie runied my childhood shawn-kroger
Phoebe from FRIENDS Starlet_My
The end was too obvious von_rick
Discuss Old Yeller (1957) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page