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"Old Yeller" tells the story of two boys (expertly played by Tommy Kirk and Kevin Corcoran) who stay on their Texas farm with their mother while their father (Fess Parker) goes on a cattle drive. Yeller shows up and gives the elder brother, Travis Coates (Kirk), quite a bit of trouble until the dog proves his worth by saving everyone in the Coates family in one way or another.

"Savage Sam," which is sort of a sequel to "Old Yeller" since it has Travis and little brother Arliss in it, not to mention two other memorable characters (which I'll get to later). In it, Sam is the Coates' new dog and much like Yeller, he's smart, brave, and manages to get into trouble often. Unlike "Old Yeller," which was more of a study in the relationship between a young boy and his dog, "Savage Sam" plays out more like a Western adventure, full of Injun fightin', cowboys, and even a touch of romance. Travis, Arliss, and their friend, Lisbeth Searcy (Marta Kristen of "Lost In Space") are captured by a band of Apache warriors who plan to do who knows what to them. The Coates' uncle Beck (Brian Keith), Mr. Searcy (Jeff York) from the first film, and a gang that includes, among others, Slim Pickens and Dewey Martin, head out to save the kids. Along the way they pick up Sam, who was thought to be dead. Eventually, Sam picks up the kids' trail and he leads our heroes to the three captives.

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Also Includes Full-Length Movie Sequel Savage Sam (Full Screen, 1.33:1)
Original theatrical animated short "Bone Trouble"
"Old Yeller: Remembering a Classic"
Conversations with Tommy Kirk
"Dogs!"
Lost Treasures: "Ranch of the Golden Oak"

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WD40224 Old Yeller/Savage Sam DVD (1963/Tommy Kirk) $14.99