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Old Yeller (1957)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Family | 22 November 1958 (Italy)
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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.

Director:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1958 (Italy) 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:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The dog's name is 'Spike'. He also appeared in The She-Creature (1956), walking along the beach with Marla English. 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

Katie Coates: You crazy, wonderful dog!
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Alternate Versions

When the film was released on DVD, the Buena Vista logo at the start was dropped. Instead, it featured the Walt Disney Pictures logo at the beginning, albeit a silent version, except for when the film's Buena Vista music plays over it near the end of the logo. See more »

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Soundtracks

Old Yeller
Lyrics by Hazel George (as Gil George)
Music by Oliver Wallace
Sung by Jerome Courtland
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Dog is a Man's Best Friend
13 August 2014 | by v_haritha_inSee all my reviews

It is a heart-warming tale of a boy's friendship with a dog. In late 19th century Texas, a homesteader leaves his wife (Dorothy McGuire) and his two sons for a few months to make some fortune in the city. He leaves his elder son Travis (Fess Parker) in charge of the family. The very next day, the family comes across a stray dog. They name him Yeller and very soon he becomes a well-beloved family pet. Yeller is a smart dog and acts as a guardian for the family.

Yeller is in fact the protagonist of the story. His personality is well developed and he steals our hearts with no effort. The dog playing Yeller was one expressive canine. You can very clearly see the emotions on his face.

It is romanticized depiction of the old west but who cares. The location is picturesque. There are plenty of animals; lizards, snakes, toads, hogs, horses, cows, bears, wolves and of course dogs. They seem to be well-trained; most of their scenes look extremely natural. Add to that, the characters are all charming as simple, hard-working and good-natured folk. And, you have an enjoyable little movie for both kids and adults.


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