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Matt Hough

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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ tender, beautiful coming-of-age story The Yearling was brought to gloriously Techicolored life by Clarence Brown in his 1946 MGM feature, as moving and as engrossing a family saga as has ever been committed to film.



The Yearling (1946)



Released: 01 May 1947
Rated: Approved
Runtime: 128 min




Director: Clarence Brown
Genre: Drama, Family, Western



Cast: Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman Jr., Chill Wills
Writer(s): Paul Osborn (screen play), Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (based on the Pulitzer Prize novel by)



Plot: A boy persuades his parents to allow him to adopt a young deer, but what will happen if the deer misbehaves?



IMDB rating: 7.2
MetaScore: 89





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Studio: Warner Brothers...

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Thanks for another wonderful review Matt. I just placed my order through the HTF link. Really looking forward to receiving this.
Great review, Matt! I've somehow never seen The Yearling, and it seems that this stunning Blu-ray release from the Warner Archive Collection is the ideal opportunity for me to fix that!
Andy, I don't believe you'd be disappointed. This is an absolutely beautiful film in so many ways and well deserving of its Best Picture Oscar nomination.
 

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The film was originally planned as a B&W film around 1939 with a different cast. Never happened then.
 

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And they did three weeks of location work in Florida in 1941 with Spencer Tracy and Anne Revere as the parents and Victor Fleming directing, but the weather and insect infestations were so bad that the film was abandoned. Revere said she didn't remember shooting any actual footage there herself before it was abandoned. Neither she nor Peck were great fans of the finished product. Both thought it was too pretty and not tough enough.
 

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just load the deer in the wagon, drive far away, let the deer go. All is well. lol

oh I love this damn movie and will absolutely buy this disc but.... that always bugs me. :D
 

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I bubbled up on two separate occasions watching this during the review. Ugly crying, and I just couldn't help myself.
Matt, I'm with you on that. This doesn't happen to me with newer movies, only the older ones. I think it's a combination of script, the style of acting, the way they were filmed and the gorgeous musical scoring, of course, that brings out that sentimentality in me. These filmmakers really knew how to tap into human emotions and they did it beautifully.
 

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