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The Yearling (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Family, Western | May 1947 (USA)
A boy persuades his parents to allow him to adopt a young deer, but what will happen if the deer misbehaves?

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Paul Osborn (screen play), Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (based on the Pulitzer Prize novel by)
Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gregory Peck ... Penny Baxter
Jane Wyman ... Orry Baxter
Claude Jarman Jr. ... Jody Baxter
Chill Wills ... Buck Forrester
Clem Bevans ... Pa Forrester
Margaret Wycherly ... Ma Forrester
Henry Travers ... Mr. Boyles
Forrest Tucker ... Lem Forrester
Donn Gift ... Fodderwing
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The family of Civil War veteran Penny Baxter, who lives and works on a farm in Florida with his wife, Orry, and their son, Jody. The only surviving child of the family, Jody longs for companionship and unexpectedly finds it in the form of an orphaned fawn. While Penny is supportive of his son's four-legged friend, Orry is not, leading to heartbreaking conflict. Written by Jwelch5742

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Genres:

Drama | Family | Western

Certificate:

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Trivia

MGM's most successful film of 1946. However, because it cost nearly $4 million (a large sum at the time), its profit margin was only $451,000. See more »

Goofs

Jody's hold on Flag changes as he realizes the rain stopped. See more »

Quotes

Penny Baxter: [on the ocasion of the buryal of Fodderwing] Oh Lord. Almighty God. It ain't for us ignorant mortals to say what's right and what's wrong. Was any one of us to be doin' of it, we'd not of bring this poor boy into the world a cripple, and his mind teched. We'd of bring him in straight and tall like his brothers, fitten to live and work and do. But in a way o' speakin', Lord, you done made it up to him. You give him a way with the wild creatures. You give him a sort of wisdom, made him knowin' and...
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Crazy Credits

All scenes involving animals in this picture were made under the supervision and with the cooperation of the American Humane Association See more »

Alternate Versions

Reissued theatrically in the 1950s in a 94-minute version. This reissue print was also shown occasionally on television in the 1960s. See more »

Connections

Featured in Precious Images (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Koanga
(1895-7) (uncredited)
Music by Frederick Delius
Selections played in the score
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Fantastic!
1 September 2002 | by srmccarthySee all my reviews

I first viewed the 94 version of this movie and loved it so much that I had to see the original. A couple years have passed and I viewed this version in it's entirety and loved every moment! I then tried to watch the 94 version a couple hours later and found that it upset me. I will not say why now (because this comment is about this movie). Just bugs me that Hollywood today believes that people don't care about family life!!! I want to make a statement about this movie, and that is that it is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

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