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The Yearling (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Family, Western | May 1947 (USA)
A boy persuades his parents to allow him to adopt a young deer, but what will happen if the deer misbehaves?

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Paul Osborn (screen play), Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (based on the Pulitzer Prize novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gregory Peck ... Penny Baxter
Jane Wyman ... Orry Baxter
Claude Jarman Jr. ... Jody Baxter
Chill Wills ... Buck Forrester
Clem Bevans ... Pa Forrester
Margaret Wycherly ... Ma Forrester
Henry Travers ... Mr. Boyles
Forrest Tucker ... Lem Forrester
Donn Gift ... Fodderwing
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Storyline

The family of Civil War veteran Penny Baxter, who lives and works on a farm in Florida with his wife, Orry, and their son, Jody. The only surviving child of the family, Jody longs for companionship and unexpectedly finds it in the form of an orphaned fawn. While Penny is supportive of his son's four-legged friend, Orry is not, leading to heartbreaking conflict. Written by Jwelch5742

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Genres:

Drama | Family | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El despertar See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,200,000
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Louis B. Mayer considered Ann Harding for the role of Ma Baxter and had her test in the early '40s. See more »

Goofs

Jody's hold on Flag changes as he realizes the rain stopped. See more »

Quotes

Penny Baxter: [on the ocasion of the buryal of Fodderwing] Oh Lord. Almighty God. It ain't for us ignorant mortals to say what's right and what's wrong. Was any one of us to be doin' of it, we'd not of bring this poor boy into the world a cripple, and his mind teched. We'd of bring him in straight and tall like his brothers, fitten to live and work and do. But in a way o' speakin', Lord, you done made it up to him. You give him a way with the wild creatures. You give him a sort of wisdom, made him knowin' and...
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Crazy Credits

All scenes involving animals in this picture were made under the supervision and with the cooperation of the American Humane Association See more »

Alternate Versions

Reissued theatrically in the 1950s in a 94-minute version. This reissue print was also shown occasionally on television in the 1960s. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Gilmore Girls: Teach Me Tonight (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Appalachia: Variations on an Old Slave Song
.(1902) (uncredited)
Music by Frederick Delius
Selections played in the score
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A perfect coming-of-age movie
7 April 2002 | by hawktwoSee all my reviews

This movie comes together and holds up even after nearly 60 years. This is a rural coming of age movie. Gregory Peck is perfect as the hard-working spare-looking father of a son who is on the brink of man-hood. He introduces him to women, fights, and necessary survival skills. There are difficult lessons. Peck is forced to shoot a doe in order to save his own life. He is a man in love with his child's growth process -- not forgetting what being a child is like, yet knowing that harsh lessons are necessary. Jane Wyman plays a wife who has hardened herself against being hurt by turning hard. Who can forget the scene showing the row of headstones. Claude Jarman is perfect as the yearling adolescent. His performance was so wonderful in this film that I think it is one ofthe reasons his career never reached superstar. He is able to depict the coltish behavior of the adolescent male perfectly. This movie remains a classic because the dialogue, the acting and the scenery all come together perfectly. Sometimes an actor becomes a star and then all one sees in the movie is the star's personality. This movie catches both Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman without their superstar persona. They are immersed in the roles; it's impossible to imagine any other performers in the roles; and it's one of the reasons the remake simply didn't do well.


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