Release dateNovember 1959 (1959-11) WriterFred Gipson (book), Winston Miller Music directorLeigh Harline, Cyril J. Mockridge, Irving Gertz CastFabian (Clint), Dodie Stevens (Nita Stringer), Carol Lynley (Dony Wallace), Stuart Whitman (Blackie Scantling), Claude Akins (Hog Peyson) Similar moviesFabian appears in Hound-Dog Man and Ride the Wild Surf
Hound-Dog Man is a 1959 film directed by Don Siegel, based on the 1947 novel by Fred Gipson.
In 1912, Clint McKinney and his younger brother Spud talk their father Aaron into letting them go on a hunting trip with their older friend, the womanizing Blackie Scantling.
Fabian as Clint
Stuart Whitman as Blackie Scantling
Carol Lynley as Dony Wallace
Arthur O'Connell as Aaron McKinney
Dodie Stevens as Nita Stringer
Betty Field as Cora McKinney
Royal Dano as Fiddling Tom Waller
Margo Moore as Susie Bell Payson
Claude Akins as Hog Peyson
Edgar Buchanan as Doc Cole
Jane Darwell as Grandma Wilson
L.Q. Jones as Dave Wilson
Virginia Gregg as Amy Waller
Dennis Holmes as Spud McKinney
Rachel Stephens as Rachel Wilson
The original book was published in 1949, several years before Gipson's better known Old Yeller. At one stage Ida Lupino expressed interest in obtaining the film rights, as a possible vehicle for Robert Mitchum.
20th Century Fox bought the film rights in March 1958 following the success of the film of Old Yeller. It was assigned to prolific producer Jerry Wald. Ricky Nelson, Lyndsay Crosby, and David Ladd were mentioned early on as possible stars, along with Stuart Whitman, who did wind up playing the title role. Tuesday Weld was at one stage mentioned as a possible female lead.
The movie eventually became a starring vehicle for Fabian, who had released a series of hit singles. 20th Century Fox had enjoyed success launching pop stars Elvis Presley and Pat Boone into film careers and thought they could do the same with Fabian. He was paid $35,000 for ten weeks work.
Wald tried to get Jayne Mansfield to play the part of a blousy barmaid but was unsuccessful. Dodie Stevens was cast because Wald's teenage sons liked her song "Pink Shoe Laces".
Filming took place in August-September 1959.
The movie featured the following songs:
"Hound Dog Man" performed by Fabian
"This Friendly World" performed by Fabian
"Single" performed by Fabian
"I'm Growin' Up" performed by Fabian
"Pretty Little Girl" performed by Fabian
"What Big Boy" performed by Dodie Stevens
"Hound Dog Man" was a hit single, reaching number 9 on the US charts. "This Friendly World" reached number 12.
The film was not a commercial success, failing to make the Variety list of films that earned $1 million or more in rentals for 1959. Fox executives later put this down to public rejection of Fabian, in particular the fact that his fans were very young and not ticket-buying teenagers. However, Fox later found Fabian could be effective in supporting roles of major stars for the studios, such as John Wayne in North to Alaska and Bing Crosby in High Time.