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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

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

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: Papa, you ain't forgetting the horse.
Jim Coates: What horse?
Travis Coates: Now Papa, you know I've been aching all over for a good horse to ride. I've told you time and again.
Jim Coates: What you're needing more than a horse is a good dog.
Travis Coates: Yes sir, but what I'm wanting most is a horse.
Jim Coates: Alright, you act a man's part and I'll bring you a man's horse.
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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

Referenced in The Breed (2006) 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 really perfect little movie
28 February 1999 | by T-Boy-3See all my reviews

I must have seen this when I was a kid (on TV), but I'd forgotten just how good a movie this is. The technical aspects are great (that color!), the acting believable and naturalistic, and the story moves along at a really nice pace. There's nothing condescending or "cutesy" here, and the plot point of the kid trying to play grown up (ie, Tommy Kirk as man of the house while his father's away) is played out without the traps that so many coming-of-age films fall into: In this boy's world, being an adult is about working and taking responsibility, not sneaking drinks and experimenting with sex. Also, the "messages" were woven nicely into the script, not tacked on and rammed over your head. It also helped that they had actors, rather than "stars". This is really what family filmmaking (a term I generally hate) should be: Something that kids and adults can appreciate.


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