The Yearling (1946) was a Drama - Family Film directed by Clarence Brown and produced by Sidney Franklin.
Based on the novel by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, this is the enduring family story of a boy (Jarman) who grows up as he says good-bye to his animal friend. Peck and Wyman barely scratch out a living from their small Florida farm. Their only surviving child, Jarman, has a lonely life and wishes he had a pet. Given their circumstances, that's out of the question, until Peck orphans a fawn. The boy and deer grow closer until the deer starts eating the family's hard-won crops and a painful decision is made. Originally a project for Spencer Tracy to be directed by Victor Fleming, MGM revived the production and made it a great success. Remade for TV in 1994.
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Academy Awards 1946 --- Ceremony Number 19 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actor||Gregory Peck||Nominated|
|Best Actress||Jane Wyman||Nominated|
|Best Art Direction||Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse; Interior Decoration: Edwin B. Willis||Won|
|Best Cinematography||Charles Rosher, Leonard Smith, Arthur Arling||Won|
|Best Director||Clarence Brown||Nominated|
|Best Film Editing||Harold Kress||Nominated|
The Yearling (1946): A Boy and His DeerBy 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 19, 2021 From 4 Star Films
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Exclusive Interview with Claude Jarman Jr. Part One: The Yearling and Clarence BrownBy Annmarie Gatti on Dec 18, 2019 From Classic Movie Hub Blog
Claude Jarman Jr. Child Star of The Yearling Talks about The Yearling, Director Clarence Brown and More CMH is thrilled to say that we’re kicking off a series of exclusive video interviews and articles with Claude Jarman Jr. today. Claude made his feature film debut starring as ‘Jody... Read full article
The YearlingBy Amanda Garrett on May 28, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films
Today, I'm reviewing the classic coming of age film, The Yearling (1946), about a young boy (Claude Jarman, Jr.) and his pet fawn. This article is part of The Animals in Film Blogathon hosted by In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood. The Yearling (1946) is one of the best old Hollywood fil... Read full article
The Yearling (1946)By Beatrice on Jan 24, 2015 From Flickers in Time
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The YearlingBy Alyson on Mar 13, 2011 From The Best Picture Project
The iconic image of this film is the little blond haired boy holding the real-life embodiment of baby Bambi. ?This makes you think that the whole film will be centered around this tiny baby deer and there will be plenty of moments that could replace a trip to the petting zoo. ?Spoiler Alert: If you ... Read full article
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 6, 1947 with Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman and Claude Jarman Jr. reprising their film roles.
MGM had actually begun filming "The Yearling" in 1941 with Spencer Tracy, Anne Revere, and Atlanta native Gene Eckman (who never appeared in another film) in the starring roles, Roddy McDowall as Fodderwing, and Victor Fleming directing, but the production ran into innumerable problems, including Eckman growing too quickly during filming, his thick local accent (which conflicted with Tracy's vocal quality), swarms of mosquitoes, and conflicts between Fleming and producer Sidney Franklin. After King Vidor agreed to take over directing but then dropped out, the project was cancelled - at a loss of $500,000 - when the United States entered World War II.
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