The Yearling

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(out of 5)


Beautiful family film with a heartbreaking story. (who won a mini Academy Award as outstanding juvenile actor of the year) is wonderful as a little boy being raised in the rough woodlands of Florida by his always optimistic father () and tired and worn out mother ( in an outstanding performance). He longs desperately to have a pet animal to take care of, and finally gets his wish when his father shoots a deer and Jarman takes her baby doe home and raises it as his own. This little deer is so adorable it even sleeps in his bed (much to the chagrin of his mother’s sense of smell), but come time for the crop yielding and the lovable pet becomes a menace, threatening their survival by not allowing them to keep any of the food they work so hard to grow. The tribulations that these characters endure is presented as harshly as the family scenes are loving, and both combine to make a very satisfying work that is a three-hankie weepie if ever you’ve seen one. Based on the novel by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and filmed on her actual estate in Florida where she wrote the book (the writing of which is the subject of the film Cross Creek).


USA, 1946

Directed by Clarence Brown

Screenplay by , based on the novel by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Cinematography by Arthur E. Arling, ,

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


Cast Tags:   , , , ,, , , ,


Academy Awards
Best Art Direction (Colour) (art direction: Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse; interior decoration: Edwin B. Willis)
Best Cinematography (Colour) (Charles Rosher, Leonard Smith, Arthur Arling)

Nominations
Best Actor (Gregory Peck as “Pa Baxter”)
Best Actress (Jane Wyman as “Ma Baxter”)
Best Directing (Clarence Brown)
Best Film Editing (Harold Kress)
Best Motion Picture (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

Golden Globe Award
Best Actor (Gregory Peck)


Yearling

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