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This fine family film set in 1930's Oklahoma tells the story of a young boy's devotion to two hunting dogs. His loving relationship to the animals teaches him the qualities of maturity and responsibility.
Norman Tokar - American Director
Lex de Azevedo - Score composer
Jack Ging - American TV/Film Actor
Jeanna Wilson - Actress
Lyman D. Dayton - American Producer
Michael Devine - Art Director
Beverly Garland - American film & television actress, b-movies
Beverly Campbell - American film & television actress, b-movies
Lonny Chapman - American Actor
Jill Clark - Actress
James Whitmore - American actor, GIVE 'EM HELL, HARRY!
Douglas Day Stewart - Screenwriter/Director
Dean Cundey - American Director Of Photography
Stewart Peterson - Actor
Bob Bring - Editor
A coming-of-age tale set during the Great Depression. Billy lives with his mother, father, two sisters and grandparents on a meager farm in Oklahoma. He saves up some money and purchases a pair of raccoon-hungry hounds. When one dog dies in a skirmish with a wild animal, the other withers away in mourning. Billy's family, though, sees the deaths as a sign from God to sell their homestead and open a new chapter in their lives. Before they leave, they plant a red fern on the canines' burial ground to honor their memories. According to Indian mythology, this will forever solidify their love for their lost friends.
Songs performed by The Osmonds. Additional cast: Jill Clark (Alice) and Jeanna Wilson (Sara). A Doty-Dayton release. Color by DeLuxe. Copyright 1974 Doty-Dayton Productions.