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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 by), William Tunberg (screenplay by) | 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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dog | puppy | rabies | raccoon | wolf | See All (78) »

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Certificate:

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Trivia

More than 60 years after its original release, Disney continues to license the name "Disney's Old Yeller" to a dog food manufacturer who uses that as the brand name for their product. See more »

Goofs

After Travis scolds Old Yeller and Arliss for being in the drinking water, the next scene shows Old Yeller laying down perfectly clean and dry. See more »

Quotes

Travis Coates: What happened?
Katie Coates: It was so sudden, I don't hardly know. The wolf came leapin' out at us.
Travis Coates: Lucky you had Old Yeller.
Katie Coates: It was lucky for us, son, but it weren't lucky for Old Yeller.
Travis Coates: He's chewed up some, but he ain't bad hurt.
Katie Coates: No wolf in his right mind would've jumped us at the fire... not even a loafer wolf. That wolf was mad. I'll shoot him... if you can't. But either way, we've got it to do.
Travis Coates: Mama, listen. Old Yeller just saved your life, and Elizabeth too! And he saved mine and Arliss'! We can't! We ...
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Alternate Versions

UK versions are cut by 9 secs and remove shots of a cow tripping and hitting the ground. See more »


Soundtracks

Old Yeller
Lyrics by Hazel George (as Gil George)
Music by Oliver Wallace
Sung by Jerome Courtland
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A great film
27 January 1999 | by MartaSee all my reviews

This film has a lot of heart, and there's not a phony performance in the entire movie. Fess Parker and Dorothy McGuire are perfect as the down to earth parents, and Tommy Kirk shines as the oldest son trying to become a man. Jeff York, who played Mike Fink in "Davy Crockett and the River Pirates", is funny as a lazy settler who doesn't do a thing. Even Chuck Connors has a fine cameo as the real owner of Old Yeller who gives the dog up to please a child.

Old Yeller still has the power to make me cry, and I've seen it at least 50 times. It's sentimental and pushes all the right buttons, but I still love it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Old Yeller 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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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