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Disney Studios' first and best boy-and-his-dog film, set in Texas in 1969. 15-year-old Travis Coates (Kirk) is left in charge of the family farm while dad Jim (Parker) is away on a cattle drive. When his younger brother Arliss (Corcoran) brings home a stray dog, Travis is displeased but lets him stay. Yeller saves Travis's life, but contracts rabies in the process. Keep tissue handy, especially for the kids. Strong acting, effective scenery--all good stuff. Based on the novel by Fred Gipson. Sequel "Savage Sam" released in 1963.

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Available on Running time 84 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Tearjerkers, King of Beasts (Dogs), Family Ties, Top Grossing Films of 1957, Disney Family Movies
Fred Gipson, William Tunberg
Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, Jeff York, Beverly Washburn, Chuck Connors
Charles P. Boyle
Robert Stevenson
Oliver Wallace
Walt Disney Studios

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Old Yeller
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Travis Coates is in charge of the family farm while his dad goes off to a cattle drive. The family is poor and doesn't have much money so there is a lot of work to be done. One day, Arliss, Travis' little brother brings a scruffy yellow dog ( Old Yeller) home and at first Travis doesn't like him but the two eventually have many bonding experiences. First Arliss tries to play with a bear cub and the mother is about to attack and Yeller comes to the rescue and saves him. Then, a calf is born and needs to be brough up by the house but the Cow isn't too happy about it and goes after Travis, but Yeller convinces her otherwise. Travis even sleeps with yeller in a field one night to chase racoons away to try and save their corn. The movie gets sad when a wolf bites Yeller and gives him rabies. Travis eventually has to put Yeller down and goes into depression over his beloved new friend. He does decide to adopt one of Yeller's pups and calls him Young Yeller. This 1967 movie is excellent for family viewing, but watch out for the tears!