For fans of Old Yeller and Shiloh, Where the Red Fern Grows is a beloved classic that captures the powerful bond between man and man’s best friend.
Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two, dogs. So when he’s finally able to save up enough money for two pups to call his own—Old Dan and Little Ann—he’s ecstatic. It doesn’t matter that times are tough; together they’ll roam the hills of the Ozarks.
Soon Billy and his hounds become the finest hunting team in the valley. Stories of their great achievements spread throughout the region, and the combination of Old Dan’s brawn, Little Ann’s brains, and Billy’s sheer will seems unbeatable. But tragedy awaits these determined hunters—now friends—and Billy learns that hope can grow out of despair, and that the seeds of the future can come from the scars of the past.
Release Date: June 21, 1974
Release Time: 97 minutes
James Whitmore as Grandpa
Beverly Garland as Mother
Jack Ging as Father
Lonny Chapman as Sheriff
Stewart Peterson as Billy
Jill Clark as Alice
Jeanna Wilson as Sara
Bill Thurman as Sam Bellington
Bill Dunbar as Mr. Kyle
Rex Corley as Rubin Pritchard
John Lindsey as Rainie Pritchard
Garland McKinney as Mr. Pritchard
Robert S. Telford as Station Master
Charles Seat as Carl Brown
Roger Pancake as Shopkeeper
Marshall Edwards as The Preacher
Wilson Rawls grew up on a small farm in the Ozark Mountains of Oklahoma. There were no schools where he lived so his mother taught Rawls and his sisters how to read and write. He says that reading the book The Call of the Wild changed his life and gave him the notion that he would like to grow up to write a book like it. He shared his dream with his father, and his father gave him the encouraging advice, "Son, a man can do anything he sets out to do, if he doesn’t give up." Rawls never forgot his father’s words, and went on to create two novels about his boyhood that have become modern classics.