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Release Date:
1 June 1963 (USA) See more »
THEY FOLLOWED THE APACHE TRAIL across a land where danger wore a painted face! See more »
Travis, Arliss, and Lisbeth are captured by Apaches while Old Yeller's son, Sam, tracks their trail. | Full synopsis »
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Brian Keith ... Uncle Beck Coates

Tommy Kirk ... Travis Coates

Kevin Corcoran ... Arliss Coates

Dewey Martin ... Lester White
Jeff York ... Bud Searcy

Marta Kristen ... Lisbeth Searcy

Rafael Campos ... Young Warrior

Slim Pickens ... Willy Crup

Rodolfo Acosta ... Bandy Legs
Pat Hogan ... Broken Nose

Dean Fredericks ... Comanche Chief
Brad Weston ... Ben Todd
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Royal Dano ... Pack Underwood (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Tokar 
Writing credits
Fred Gipson (novel)

Fred Gipson (writer) and
William Tunberg (writer)

Produced by
Bill Anderson .... co-producer
Walt Disney .... producer
Original Music by
Oliver Wallace 
Cinematography by
Edward Colman 
Film Editing by
Grant K. Smith 
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Marvin Aubrey Davis 
Set Decoration by
Hal Gausman 
Emile Kuri 
Costume Design by
Gertrude Casey 
Chuck Keehne 
Makeup Department
Pat McNalley .... makeup artist
Ruth Sandifer .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph L. McEveety .... assistant director
Sound Department
Robert O. Cook .... sound
Special Effects by
Jim Fetherolf .... special effects
Eustace Lycett .... special effects
May Boss .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Hart .... stunts (uncredited)
Walt La Rue .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
Walter Sheets .... orchestrator
Other crew
Louis Debney .... assistant to producer
Crew believed to be complete

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103 min
Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Finland:S (original rating) | Finland:K-12 (re-rating) | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:Approved (PCA #20418) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Walt Disney thought Tommy Kirk should have been billed above Brian Keith in the credits because he appeared in the film longer and this was some of the young actors best workSee more »
Continuity: When Bud Searcy makes his miraculous shot, it is the character on the right that falls to the ground. The previous shot showing Lizbeth and her Indian captor clearly show the Indian on the left from the perspective of Bud Searcy.See more »
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The Coates Boys Grown Up, 15 August 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, and Jeff York repeat their roles from Old Yeller in this sequel film about Old Yeller's son, Savage Sam. The Coates boys from the first film have grown up considerably and Tommy is fully into puberty and thinking about York's daughter in a different light. Marta Kirsten later of Lost In Space plays a more grownup version of the part introduced by Beverly Washburn.

The parents of Travis and Arliss Coates are away and their uncle Brian Keith comes to look out for the family. Nevertheless on a Comanche raid, Kirk, Corcoran, and Kirsten are all captured although Kirk manages to escape. When Keith who is leading a posse after them finds Kirk, the dog proves invaluable in tracking the kids down and aiding in their rescue.

Although I'm still trying to figure out why anyone would want to rescue Kevin Corcoran. He's a royal pain to both the red men and white men alike. I can't believe the Indians just didn't shoot him and leave him on the trail. As he got older Corcoran's presence was more annoying than cute in a lot of movies and television he did for Disney.

In addition to Keith and York, other members of the posse consist of such western regulars as Royal Dano, Slim Pickens, and Dewey Martin all in parts they would have been typecast for.

Savage Sam is hardly as good a film as Old Yeller though it sure ends better all around for the two legged and four legged players.

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