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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.

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:

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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Gross USA:

$21,909,000
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Although the movie is based in Texas, it was filmed in California. See more »

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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

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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Old Yeller
Lyrics by Hazel George (as Gil George)
Music by Oliver Wallace
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Very Memorable A Half Century Ago
28 June 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Of all the movies I saw as a young in the theaters in the 1950s, the only one that haunted me or brought tears to my eyes was this one. It made a lasting impression on everyone in our family. Not long afterward, we bought a Golden Retriever puppy and it was a fabulous dog.

After a long, long absence, I saw it for the third time in the late1990s on VHS. Since I never forgot the sad ending, I was prepared for that. My attitude was great going in, especially since I had become a fan of Dorothy McGuire since her magnificent performance in "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn."

Anyway - hey, I have to be honest - this time around I was disappointed. I think I expected too much since the film had such strong nostalgia value. Yes, it was still a nice old-fashioned story but the impact was so-so and McGuire looked like she had aged 20 years since "Brooklyn." She didn't look like the same person from the famous 1945 drama.

Tommy Kirk went on to be a star on television and in the movies for Walt Disney while I don't believe Kevin Corcoran, who was just as good as Kirk, did a whole lot after this....some westerns into the '60s. Good 'ole "Davy Crockett," Fess Parker, also is in this movie but has a minor role, being seen only in the beginning and at the end. Chuck Connors also had a small role.

A nice story, no doubt. Perhaps another viewing with lower expectations would make me rate this highly again. Just the name "Old Yeller" is still special to me, however.


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