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Savage Sam
Film information
Directed by: Norman Tokar
Produced by: Walt Disney
Written by: Fred Gipson
William Turberg
Edited by: Grant K. Smith
Starring: Brian Keith
Tommy Kirk
Kevin Corcoran
Music by: Oliver Wallace
Cinematography: Edward Colman
Studio: Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by: Buena Vista Distribution
Release Date(s): June 1, 1963
Running time: 103 minutes
Language: English
Gross Revenue: $3,000,000
Preceded by: Old Yeller

Savage Sam is the 1963 film sequel to Old Yeller, written by Fred Gipson. It was inspired by the story of former Apache captive Herman Lehmann, whom Gipson had seen give an exhibition when he was a child. Norman Tokar directed it, which was released by Walt Disney on June 1, 1963.

Plot[]

Savage Sam is Old Yeller's son (although he was called Young Yeller in the first film and also looked different). He is a Bluetick Coonhound, and every bit as courageous and loyal as his father, as well as an incredibly keen tracker. He mostly likes chasing a bobcat, sometimes with Arliss.

Brian Keith plays the boys' Uncle Beck (referred to as Jim's younger brother) who comes by to check on how they are doing and gives advice to Travis on how to handle Arliss a little better. ("All little brothers hate bossing. You've got to learn how to outfigger him, Travis.")

In 1870, 18-year-old Travis is left in charge of his precocious 12-year-old brother, Arliss, on the family ranch in Texas, while Jim and Katie visit their ailing grandmother in San Antonio. While Arliss and Savage Sam are tracking a wildcat, Travis is warned by Bud Searcy that renegade Apaches are in the area. When Travis joins Bud's 17-year-old daughter, Lisbeth, in a search for Arliss, they are captured by a band of Apaches led by a Comanche chief. Beck witnesses the scene and manages to wound him, but his horse is shot by one of the braves, allowing him and his followers to escape with the captives. Beck alerts the U.S. Cavalry, but the Apaches split into three groups and ride for the hills; in the confusion, Travis escapes but is knocked unconscious and left to die. Beck and his posse of five find Travis and Savage Sam, set out in pursuit of the other captives, and eventually find the Apaches in a valley fighting over Lisbeth. Although posse member, Pack Underwood, bent on revenge for the massacre of his family, fires a shot that alerts the Apaches to their planned ambush.

Cast[]

  • Tommy Kirk as Travis Coates
  • Jeff York as Bud Searcy
  • Rafael Campos as Young Warrior
  • Slim Pickens as Wiley Crup
  • Pat Hogan as Broken Nose
  • Dean Fredericks as Comanche Chief
  • Brad Weston as Ben Todd
  • Kevin Corcoran as Arliss Coates
  • Royal Dano as Pack Underwood
  • Marta Kristen as Lisbeth Searcy
  • Brian Keith as Beck Coates
  • Rodolfo Acosta as Bandy Legs
  • Dewey Martin as Lester White

Production Credits[]

  • Director - Norman Tokar
  • Screenwriter - William Tunberg
  • Screenwriter - Fred Gipson
  • Songwriter - Terry Gilkyson
  • Special Effects - Jim Fetherolf
  • Book Author - Fred Gipson
  • Costume Designer - Chuck Keehne
  • Cinematographer - Edward Colman
  • Makeup - Pat McNalley
  • Composer (Music Score) - Oliver Wallace
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