Savage Sam (film)
|Directed by||Norman Tokar|
|Starring||Brian Keith |
|Studio||Walt Disney Productions|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Distribution|
|Box office||$3,000,000 (US/ Canada)|
Savage Sam is a 1963 film sequel to Old Yeller based on the novel of the same name by Fred Gipson. Norman Tokar directed the live-action film, which was released by Walt Disney Productions on June 1, 1963.
Savage Sam is Old Yeller's son. He is a Bluetick Coonhound, and every bit as courageous and loyal as his father, as well as an incredibly keen tracker. Sam mostly likes chasing a bobcat, sometimes with Arliss.
Brian Keith plays the boy's Uncle Beck (referred to as the younger brother of Jim Coates) who comes by to check on how the boys are doing and gives advice to Travis on how to handle Arliss a little better. ("All little brothers hate bossin'. You've got to learn how to outfigger him, Travis,")
Travis, Arliss, and their neighbor's granddaughter, Lisbeth Searcy (Marta Kristen) are taken captive by Indians. Uncle Beck gathers up some neighboring men to go in search of them, which includes Lisbeth's somewhat overbearing grandfather, Bud Searcy (once again played by Jeff York) and Slim Pickens joins the group as well. Travis manages to escape and is found by the search party (partly thanks to Sam's keen sense of smell), and the whole search party, along with Travis and Savage Sam, rescue Arliss and Lisbeth.
The film received poor reviews and fell short of box office expectations, paling in comparison with Old Yeller.
Behind the scenes
- "Top Rental Features of 1963", Variety, 8 January 1964 p 71. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.
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