Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday's Film Adaption: Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

At first, Travis couldn't stand the sight of Old Yeller.

The stray dog was ugly, and a thieving rascal, too. But he sure was clever, and a smart dog could be a big help on the wild Texas frontier, especially with Papa away on a long cattle drive up to Abilene.

Strong and courageous, Old Yeller proved that he could protect Travis's family from any sort of danger. But can Travis do the same for Old Yeller?

When his younger brother adopts a frisky lop-eared stray, 15-year-old Travis, acting "man-of-the-house," tries to shoo him away. But Old Yeller soon proves he is anything but "yellow" when he protects the family farm and saves Travis' life.

Release Date: December 25, 1957
Running Time: 83 minutes

Fess Parker as Jim Coates
Dorothy McGuire as Katie Coates
Tommy Kirk as Travis Coates
Kevin Corcoran as Arliss Coates
Jeff York as Bud Searcy
Beverly Washburn as Lisbeth Searcy
Chuck Connors as Burn Sanderson
Spike as Old Yeller

Truly a great family classic.  A real tear jerker that won't leave a dry eye in the house. What more is there to say other than a definite must for family night.


Author Bio:
Frederick Benjamin "Fred" Gipson was an American author. He is best known for writing the 1956 novel Old Yeller, which became a popular 1957 Walt Disney film. Gipson was born on a farm near Mason in the Texas Hill Country, the son of Beck Gipson and Emma Deishler. After working at a variety of farming and ranching jobs, he enrolled in 1933 at the University of Texas at Austin. There he wrote for the Daily Texan and The Ranger, but he left school before graduating to become a newspaper journalist.



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