Friday, December 1 - Sunday, December 3, 2017
“Novelist Fred Gipson co-scripted this Disney version of his downhome boy-and-his-dawg story and the result is a classic of its kind. There’s no talking down to the family audience as Fess Parker heads off on a cattle run leaving spouse Dorothy McGuire and eldest boy Tommy Kirk to keep the homestead ticking over, aided and abetted by a stray golden labrador, who proves an invaluable guard dog until master and canine have a fateful encounter with some rabid wild hogs. All human life is here, including chastening exposure to mortality, with Stevenson providing enough lively moments of frolicking horseplay to lure younger viewers in before the unstinting life lessons of the final reel, and the dialogue going easy on the expected saccharin homilies. Much, much better than you’d imagine.” – Time Out (London)
Part of the Weekend Classics series “DOG NYC”
- Country USA
- Year 1957
- Running Time 83 minutes
- Director Robert Stevenson
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