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The Yearling (film)

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Director  Clarence Brown
Adapted from  The Yearling
Language  English
7.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Family
Story by  Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Country  United States
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Release date  December 18, 1946 (1946-12-18)
Based on  The Yearling 1938 novel  by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Writer  Paul Osborn (screen play), Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (based on the Pulitzer Prize novel by)
Cast  Gregory Peck (Penny Baxter), Jane Wyman (Orry Baxter), Claude Jarman Jr. (Jody), Chill Wills (Buck Forrester), Clem Bevans (Pa Forrester), Margaret Wycherly (Ma Forrester)
Similar movies  Zeit der Fische, The Hunt, Evil Dead II, Open Season, World Trade Center, No Good Deed

The yearling

The Yearling (1946) is a Technicolor family film drama directed by Clarence Brown, produced by Sidney Franklin, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer about a young boy who adopts a trouble-making young deer. The screenplay by Paul Osborn and John Lee Mahin (uncredited) was adapted from Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's novel of the same name. The film stars Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman Jr., Chill Wills, and Forrest Tucker.


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The story was remade in the 1994 TV film The Yearling starring Peter Strauss and Jean Smart.

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Ezra "Penny" Baxter (Gregory Peck), once a Confederate soldier, and his wife Ora (Jane Wyman), are pioneer farmers near Lake George, Florida in 1878. Their son, Jody (Claude Jarman Jr.), a boy in his pre-teen years, is their only surviving child. Jody has a wonderful relationship with his warm and loving father. Ora, however, is still haunted by the deaths of the three other children of the family. She is very somber, and is afraid that Jody will end up dying if she shows her parental love to him. Jody finds her somewhat unloving and unreasonable.

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With all of his siblings dead and buried, Jody longs for a pet to play with and care for. Penny is sympathetic and understanding, but Ora is disgusted. One day, when a rattlesnake bites Penny, they kill a doe and use its organs to draw out the poison. Jody asks to adopt the doe's orphaned fawn. Penny permits it, but warns Jody that the fawn will have to be set free when it grows up.

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When Jody goes to ask his only young friend, Fodderwing (Donn Gift), to name the fawn, Jody finds out he has just died. However, Ma Forrester tells Jody that Fodderwing had said that if he had a fawn he would name him Flag—for the critter's waving white tail.

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Soon, Jody and Flag are inseparable. One year later, Flag has grown up and becomes a total nuisance to the household and farm; he eats newly-grown corn, destroys fences, and tramples on tobacco crops. After Penny is injured while trying to clear another field to make up for lost crops, Penny informs Jody that he and his mother have agreed that for Jody to keep Flag he must replant corn and build the fence around the field higher. Jody works hard and even receives help from Ora with the fence. During the night, Flag manages to jump the high fence and destroys the new corn crop. Penny orders Jody to take the deer out into the woods and shoot it. Jody takes the deer out, but does not have the courage to kill it. Instead, he orders the deer to go away and never return. But Flag comes back to their property and devours crops again. Ora (whom Jody believes had always hated his pet) shoots Flag but only wounds the deer. Penny orders Jody to put the deer out of its misery. Rather than let his pet deer be in agonizing pain, he follows his father's orders.

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The loss of Jody's beloved pet deer proves too much for him to handle: overwhelmed with anger and despair, he runs away from home. Three days later, he is rescued by a friendly boat captain and returns home. He and Penny quickly make up, but Ora is still out searching for him. Just before Jody goes to bed, Ora returns and sees that he is back. She becomes filled with happiness and emotion, knowing that her huge fear of losing her last child is now over. She happily runs into Jody's room and showers him with more affection than she ever gave him. She is no longer afraid to show her parental love to him.


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  • Gregory Peck as Ezra "Penny" Baxter
  • Jane Wyman as Ora Baxter
  • Claude Jarman Jr. as Jody
  • Chill Wills as Buck Forrester
  • Clem Bevans as Pa Forrester
  • Margaret Wycherly as Ma Forrester
  • Henry Travers as Mr. Boyles
  • Forrest Tucker as Lem Forrester
  • Donn Gift as Fodderwing
  • Jeff York as Oliver Hutto (uncredited)
  • Production

    The movie was filmed on location in the Juniper Prairie Wilderness in the Ocala National Forest in Florida. A hiking trail in the area, "The Yearling Trail", is named after the story, and gives access to sites where the family lived whose stories inspired the novel. The cast changed several times during early production. Spencer Tracy was slated to play the role of patriarch Baxter before Gregory Peck was finally cast in the lead role. Peck received the second of his five Academy Award nominations in this, his fifth film.


    Herbert Stothart made arrangements of Frederick Delius's music, particularly Appalachia: Variations on an Old Slave Song, for the film.


    The film earned $4,768,000, in the US and Canada and $2,831,000 elsewhere, making it MGM's most successful movie of the year. However because of its high production cost, profits were only $451,000.

    Academy Awards

  • Best Art Direction (Color): Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse; Interior Decoration: Edwin B. Willis
  • Best Cinematography (Color): Charles Rosher, Leonard Smith, Arthur Arling
  • Nominations
  • Best Motion Picture: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Best Actor: Gregory Peck
  • Best Actress: Jane Wyman
  • Best Directing: Clarence Brown
  • Best Film Editing: Harold F. Kress
  • Radio adaptation

    The Yearling was presented on Stars in the Air February 7, 1952. The 30-minute adaptation starred Gregory Peck and Jean Hagen.


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