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The Yearling ()


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A boy persuades his parents to allow him to adopt a young deer, but what will happen if the deer misbehaves?

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  • Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations.
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Penny Baxter
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Orry Baxter
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Jody Baxter
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Buck Forrester
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Pa Forrester
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Ma Forrester
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Mr. Boyles
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Lem Forrester
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Fodderwing
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Frank Eldredge ...
Deckhand (uncredited)
Jane Green ...
Mrs. Saunders (uncredited)
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Arch Forrester (uncredited)
Victor Kilian ...
Captain (uncredited)
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Twink Weatherby (uncredited)
George Mann ...
Pack Forrester (uncredited)
Robert Porterfield ...
Mate (uncredited)
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Mr. Ranger (uncredited)
Joan Wells ...
Eulalie Boyles (uncredited)
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Millwheel Forrester (uncredited)
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Gabby Forrester (uncredited)
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Doc Wilson (uncredited)
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Oliver Hutto (uncredited)

Directed by

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Clarence Brown

Written by

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Paul Osborn ... (screen play)
 
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings ... (based on the Pulitzer Prize novel by)
 
John Lee Mahin ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Sidney Franklin ... producer

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Herbert Stothart ... (musical score)

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Arthur E. Arling ... director of photography (as Arthur Arling)
Charles Rosher ... director of photography
Leonard Smith ... director of photography

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Harold F. Kress ... film editor

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Cedric Gibbons
Paul Groesse

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Edwin B. Willis ... (set decorations)

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Valles ... (costumes by)

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Jack Dawn ... makeup creator

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Jay Marchant ... unit production manager (uncredited)

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Chester M. Franklin ... second unit director
Joseph Boyle ... assistant director (uncredited)
Alfred Raboch ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Clarence J. Falk ... greens supervisor (uncredited)
Carl Friend ... props: second unit (uncredited)
Dean Pearson ... props: second unit (uncredited)

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Douglas Shearer ... recording director

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Warren Newcombe ... special effects

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Alva D. Kinsey Sr. ... stunt double (uncredited)

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Charles Termini ... first assistant camera (uncredited)

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Irene ... costume supervisor
Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

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Wallace Worsley Jr. ... location script clerk (uncredited)

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Frederick Delius ... composer: utilizing themes from
Herbert Stothart ... conductor: The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Symphony Orchestra
Samuel Albert ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Alex Alexander ... musician: cello (uncredited)
R.H. Bassett ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Manuel Compinsky ... musician: violin (uncredited)
David Crocov ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Wally Heglin ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Otto Landau ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald ... score remixer (uncredited)
Arthur Schutt ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Albert Sendrey ... orchestrator (uncredited)

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Henri Jaffa ... associate technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus ... technicolor color director
Mel Long ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Leslie H. Martinson ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Ralph Steiner ... assistant: Clarence Brown (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines THRILLS! DRAMA! HEART-THROBS! (reissue print ad - all caps) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Jody et le faon (France)
  • El despertar (Spain)
  • Virtude Selvagem (Brazil)
  • Thryloi tou dasous (Greece)
  • Годинакът (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 128 min
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Budget $4,000,000 (estimated)

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Trivia MGM had actually begun filming "The Yearling" in 1941 with Spencer Tracy, Anne Revere, and Atlanta native Gene Eckman (who never appeared in another film) in the starring roles, Roddy McDowall as Fodderwing, and Victor Fleming directing, but the production ran into numerous problems, including Eckman growing too quickly during filming, his thick local accent (which conflicted with Tracy's vocal quality), swarms of mosquitoes, and conflicts between Fleming and producer Sidney Franklin. After King Vidor agreed to take over directing but then dropped out, the project was canceled - at a loss of $500,000 - when the United States entered World War II, in December of 1941. See more »
Goofs When Jody runs away from home, he is barefoot. While trudging through the swamp, however, he is shown wearing dark sneakers (perhaps for actual protection during filming). Later scenes show him to be barefoot again. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Hollywood: The Dream Factory (1972). See more »
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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 »
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 gentle. The birds come to him, and the varmints moved free about him, and like as not he could of takened a she wild-cat right in his pore twisted hands. Now you've done seed fit to take him where bein' crookedy in mind or limb don't matter. But Lord, it pleasures us to think now you've done straightened out them legs and that pore bent back and them hands. It pleasures us to think on him, movin' around as easy as any one. And Lord, give him a few red-birds and maybe a squirrel and a 'coon and a 'possum to keep him company, like he had here. All of us is somehow lonesome, and we know he'll not be lonesome, do he have them little wild things around him, if it ain't askin' too much to put a few varmints in Heaven. Thy will be done. Amen.
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