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Old Yeller (1957) was a Family - Drama Film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney and Bill Anderson.

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By The Metzinger Sisters on Jul 8, 2017 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

Dorothy McGuire is spending a little bonding time off the set of Old Yeller with her leading player, Spike, in this rare candid photo. Spike portrayed "Old Yeller" in the 1957 Walt Disney classic. He later moved on to television work, appearing as a regular in The Westerner and a few episodes of Las... Read full article


Old Yeller, Happy Anniversary! Opened Christmas Day, 1957?

By C. S. Williams on Dec 24, 2016 From Classic Film Aficionados

? Old Yeller, did not actually have its world premiere on Christmas Day, 1957, it was seen instead on Tuesday night, December 17, in two different cities. The first venue was the Metropolitan Theater, which was on Main St. (1018) between Lamar St. and McKinney St., in downtown Houston, Texas. This... Read full article


Old Yeller, Happy Anniversary! Opened Christmas Day, 1957?

By C. S. Williams on Dec 24, 2016 From Classic Film Aficionados

? Old Yeller, did not actually have its world premiere on Christmas Day, 1957, it was seen instead on Tuesday night, December 17, in two different cities. The first venue was the Metropolitan Theater, which was on Main St. (1018) between Lamar St. and McKinney St., in downtown Houston, Texas. This... Read full article


Old Yeller (1957)

By Beatrice on Aug 1, 2016 From Flickers in Time

Old Yeller Directed by Robert Stevenson Written by Fred Gipson and William Tunberg from Gipson’s book 1957/USA Walt Disney Productions Repeat viewing/Netflix rental Travis Coates: And you won’t never see another one like him. This childhood favorite held up very well. The Coates fam... Read full article


Old Yeller, Happy Anniversary! Opened Christmas Day, 1957?

By C. S. Williams on Dec 24, 2014 From Classic Film Aficionados

? Old Yeller, did not actually have its world premiere on Christmas Day, 1957, it was seen instead on Tuesday night, December 17, in two different cities. The first venue was the Metropolitan Theater, which was on Main St. (1018) between Lamar St. and McKinney St., in downtown Houston, Texas. This... Read full article


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[Travis has asked how he can tell if a creature has hydrophobia]
Burn Sanderson: You can't hardly tell at first, not till they get to the point of slobbering and staggering around. When you see a critter in that fix, you know for sure. But you want to watch for others that ain't that far along. Now, you take a bobcat or a fox. You know they'll run if you give 'em the chance. But when one don't run, or maybe makes fight at you, why, you shoot him and shoot him quick. After he's bitten you, it's too late.


Jim Coates: Now and then, for no good reason, life will haul off and knock a man flat.


Katie Coates: Now Arliss, you ride back here with Yeller.
Arliss Coates: On a count of he's a sicker Injun than me?
Katie Coates: Yes.


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A print ad from the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, February 11th, 1958 shows that this film was widely distributed on a double bill in 21 area theaters. Most of the indoor theaters co-featured Ambush at Cimarron Pass starring Scott Brady, and all of the drive-in theaters co-featured Underwater! starring Jane Russell and Richard Egan.
The dog, Old Yeller, although described in the dialogue as a mongrel, is portrayed by a Yellow Labrador Retriever and, in the book, is a Black-Mouthed Cur, which is not recognized as a separate breed.
The wolf that fights with Old Yeller is actually not a wolf at all. It was a German Shepherd made to look like a wolf. Both animals were trained to play-fight and were muzzled for that sequence.
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