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Old Yeller (1957)

Approved | | Family, Drama, Adventure | 25 December 1957 (USA)
A teenage boy grows to love a stray yellow dog while helping his mother and younger brother run their Texas homestead while their father is away on a cattle drive. First thought to be good-for-nothing mutt, Old Yeller is soon beloved by all.

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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>

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The dog's name is 'Spike'. He also appeared in The She-Creature (1956), walking along the beach with Marla English. See more »

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When Travis shoots the gun at the end of the film, the hammer does not move, but the gunshot is heard. See more »

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[Old Yeller has contracted hydrophobia and must be put down; Katie brings out the gun]
Travis Coates: No, Mama!
Katie Coates: There's no hope for him now, Travis. He's suffering. You know we've got to do it.
Travis Coates: Yes, Mama. But he was my dog. I'll do it.
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Old Yeller
Lyrics by Hazel George (as Gil George)
Music by Oliver Wallace
Sung by Jerome Courtland
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Did you cry?
28 June 2004 | by (Nashville, Tennessee) – See all my reviews

Not used as a scale of masculinity anymore, but more like a joke among men, Did you cry? Hell yes I cried my ever living loving guts out. I was so upset I probably cried three hours after the movie was over. Guess I was about eight when I saw it but yes, I still cry when I watch Old Yeller. This is one of those movies that every single person in America should watch. And if you have ever had to put a pet down, you know how heart wrenching and how that animal looks back at you with those innocent eyes right before death. But life continues on and death is just one of those parts of life. But Disney knows how to pull every heart string in the world, even a man's.


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