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.
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The film is set in 1869. However, Travis' gun has a model 1873 Springfield Trapdoor receiver. This rifle fires a cartridge, so Travis has no need for the powder horn around his neck. See more
[Old Yeller has contracted hydrophobia and must be put down; Katie brings out the gun
There's no hope for him now, Travis. He's suffering. You know we've got to do it.
Yes, Mama. But he was my dog. I'll do it.
UK versions are cut by 9 secs and remove shots of a cow tripping and hitting the ground. See more
Lyrics by Hazel George
(as Gil George)
Music by Oliver Wallace
Sung by Jerome Courtland See more