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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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Penny Baxter
Orry Baxter
Jody Baxter
Buck Forrester
Pa Forrester
Ma Forrester
Mr. Boyles
Lem Forrester
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Eldredge ...
Deckhand (uncredited)
Jane Green ...
Mrs. Saunders (uncredited)
Arch Forrester (uncredited)
Captain (uncredited)
Twink Weatherby (uncredited)
George Mann ...
Pack Forrester (uncredited)
Robert Porterfield ...
Mate (uncredited)
Mr. Ranger (uncredited)
Joan Wells ...
Eulalie Boyles (uncredited)
Millwheel Forrester (uncredited)
Gabby Forrester (uncredited)
Doc Wilson (uncredited)
Oliver Hutto (uncredited)

Directed by

Clarence Brown

Written by

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

Produced by

Sidney Franklin ... producer

Music by

Herbert Stothart ... (musical score)

Cinematography by

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

Editing by

Harold F. Kress ... film editor

Editorial Department

Henri Jaffa ... associate color director: Technicolor
Natalie Kalmus ... color director: Technicolor

Art Direction by

Cedric Gibbons
Paul Groesse

Set Decoration by

Edwin B. Willis ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

Valles ... (costumes by)

Makeup Department

Jack Dawn ... makeup creator

Production Management

Jay Marchant ... unit production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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

Art Department

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

Sound Department

Douglas Shearer ... recording director

Special Effects by

Warren Newcombe ... special effects


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

Camera and Electrical Department

Charles Termini ... first assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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

Location Management

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

Music Department

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)
Arthur Schutt ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Albert Sendrey ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Leslie H. Martinson ... script supervisor (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Mel Long ... technical advisor (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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Also Known As
  • Jody et le Faon (France)
  • Die Wildnis ruft (Germany)
  • El cachorillo (Spain)
  • El despertar (Spain)
  • Virtude Selvagem (Brazil)
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  • 128 min
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Budget $4,000,000 (estimated)

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Trivia Clarence Brown insisted that his actors wear no make-up to achieve a naturalistic look. Claude Jarman Jr. had to wear a straw hat in between takes so that his fair skin didn't burn, while the pale Jane Wyman had to sit under a sun lamp for 15 minutes to make it look like she spent most of her time outdoors. 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 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 occasion of the burial 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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