Old Yeller 1957

Old Yeller

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Old Yeller is an exemplary coming of age tale, packing an emotional wallop through smart pacing and a keen understanding of the elemental bonding between humanity and their furry best friends.

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While Jim Coates (Fess Parker) is off on a cattle drive, his wife, Katie (Dorothy McGuire), and sons, Travis (Tommy Kirk) and Arliss (Kevin Corcoran), are left behind on their Texas ranch. When a runaway dog named Old Yeller causes damage in one of their fields, Travis tries to drive him away. However, Travis and Katie both warm to Old Yeller when he saves Arliss from a bear attack. As Travis and the brave and faithful dog grow closer, concern grows about an outbreak of rabies.

Cast & Crew

Dorothy McGuire
Katie Coates
Fess Parker
Jim Coates
Tommy Kirk
Travis Coates
Kevin Corcoran
Arliss Coates
Jeff York
Bud Searcy
Beverly Washburn
Lisbeth Searcy
Chuck Connors
Burn Sanderson
Fred Gipson
Screenwriter
William Tunberg
Screenwriter
Charles P. Boyle
Cinematographer
Oliver Wallace
Original Music
Carroll Clark
Art Director
Emile Kuri
Set Designer
Fred M. MacLean
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Critic Reviews for Old Yeller

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  • Jan 12, 2012
    Old Yeller is just about the best story about a boy and his dog. A great story, fantastic acting, and a memorable theme song. Also, it made me do something that I have not done in a long, long time, for the first time in a while, towards the end, I couldn't help but just having my eyes compared to a faucet on a kitchen sink, they were just running with tears, partly because I myself have a dog, and she's a blood-hound. Anyway, an overall great film that can even make a full-grown man cry.
    Nick C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2010
    It was all around a good film.
    erika b Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2010
    The entire time I was watching this Disney classic, I was thinking that it could never be remade for a modern audience without PETA taking serious issue. Throughout this film a yellow dog named Old Yeller hangs around with a post-Civil War frontier family. A mother (who seems to have no control over her children), and two young boys battle wildlife constantly. By battling, I of course mean that the children often claim baby animals as their own and are surprised when their full-grown mothers chase after them. The film doesn't teach children to treat animals well. The children in this movie ride the dog, make it herd wild hogs, and let it fight way bigger animals alone. Seriously, there is no way to remake this film unless the entire story is changed. The ending has been made infamous, as it's a heartbreaker for young children. It's not as bad as it could have been, since the next scene has the father telling his son to move on. If you're looking for a good family film, watch almost any other Disney film for best results.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2010
    Astounding! One of the best films ever! Definately the best film of the 50's even though I have barely seen any!
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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