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Old Yeller (1957)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Family | 10 July 1959 (USA)
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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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Robert Stevenson

Writers:

Fred Gipson (screenplay), William Tunberg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dorothy McGuire ... Katie Coates
Fess Parker ... Jim Coates
Jeff York ... Bud Searcy
Chuck Connors ... Burn Sanderson
Beverly Washburn ... Lisbeth Searcy
Tommy Kirk ... Travis Coates
Kevin Corcoran ... Arliss Coates
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Storyline

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, wild hogs and wolves, 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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All the heart, all the excitement of a great frontier adventure! See more »


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sein Freund Jello See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$21,909,000
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Runtime:

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The dog, Old Yeller, although described in the dialogue as a mongrel, is portrayed by a Yellow Labrador Retriever and, in the book by Fred Gipson, is a Black-Mouthed Cur, a similar looking but less bulky breed. See more »

Goofs

The rabid wolf's bodily structure and appearance is incorrect; he has large, pointy ears, a tall head, and is large-sized and dark-colored. All wolves (including loafer wolves) have small, round ears, wide heads, and real loafer wolves were medium-sized and light-colored. Some of his socially interacting visual features and expressive characteristics are also incorrect; his canine teeth are covered, his nose is lengthened, his forehead is stretched, his neck is extended, and in various screenshots, his hair is sleeked. When aggressive, wolves' canines are always bared, their noses are always shortened, their foreheads are always contracted, their necks are always arched and their hair is always bristled (the wolf was actually played by a male German Shepherd, who was made to look like a wolf, and both Spike (Old Yeller) and the dog playing the wolf were muzzled and trained to play-fight for the sequence.) See more »

Quotes

Arliss Coates: What's Papa gonna sell our steers for?
Travis Coates: For money, of course.
Arliss Coates: What's money?
Travis Coates: That's what you buy things with.
Arliss Coates: What do you mean by buy things?
Travis Coates: Well when you have money, you give it to people for stuff. They say you can get anything for money.
Arliss Coates: Anything? What's it look like?
Travis Coates: I never seen but one piece. A dollar bill Papa had.
Arliss Coates: What'd Papa buy with his dollar?
Travis Coates: Nothing, it wasn't no good.
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Alternate Versions

In the 1991 VHS release, part of the "Walt Disney's Studio Film Collection" series, the theme song reprise at the end, about "Young Yeller" is re-recorded with a different vocalist, though Jerome Courtland's singing of the main song in the beginning remains the same. See more »

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Featured in The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 1 April 2008 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Yeller
Lyrics by Hazel George (as Gil George)
Music by Oliver Wallace
Sung by Jerome Courtland
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The quintessential boy/dog movie
29 January 2006 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

The quintessential boy/dog movie. It does have obvious correlations with Marjorie Rawling's "The Yearling". I first saw this film on TV when I was six years old or so. Interestingly, at that time, I remember the Chuck Connors character as menacing and almost evil. On viewing as an adult, that character was a perfect gentleman, giving up the dog to the boy when he was under absolutely no obligation to do so. Also interesting to see the casual, and basically unnoticed cruelty of the Travis character toward the little girl. I don't remember even noticing that as a child. Disney knew how to make real family entertainment in those days. Now, it seems that material suitable for children is targeted directly at them, and is generally a chore for adults to sit through. OY found a way to split the difference. Truly a classic.


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