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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.

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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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene with the wild hogs, Travis hauls up a little hog which is a juvenile. In hunting terminology, this is the designation for young wild hogs aged 10 to 12 months. 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

Jim Coates: Now and then, for no good reason a man can figure out, life will just haul off and knock him flat.
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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 »

Connections

Spoofed in Lost & Found (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Yeller
Lyrics by Hazel George (as Gil George)
Music by Oliver Wallace
Sung by Jerome Courtland
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Almost 50 years later and it still can make the most tough unemotional person cry
11 November 2006 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

I had refused to see this movie because all I could really hear was about how depressing "Old Yeller" was and how it could make anyone cry. My friend pretty much, in the sense of literally, put this movie in the pile that she lent me and when I called her, she told me to watch it or she'd never take it back. Well, I guess I just wanted to give in since she bugged me every phone conversation from that point on.

Old Yeller is a lost dog that comes across a western set family who's father has headed for money and items for his family. When they find Old Yeller, it's like he's taken the father's position, protecting the family every chance he got. The family comes to love this dog with a passion, even when the original owner comes to claim Old Yeller, he can tell that the dog truly belongs to the family and gives them the dog. But unfortunately, the dog gets rabies... and... sob! You get the point.

I'm not kidding, this movie is so depressing, but this was the kinder version of what Hollywood once was. The story is sweet, just like I said, you'll cry for a few, because almost everyone can admit that they had that dog who was so much like Old Yeller in one way or another. So, I'm not sure if I'd recommend it or not, just for the simple sake of that it brings back old memories. Sob!

7/10


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