Based on the novel by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, The Yearling is the enduring family story of a boy who grows up as he says good-bye to his animal friend. Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman barely scratch out a living from their small Florida farm. Their only surviving child, Jarman, has a lonely life and wishes he had a pet. Given their circumstances, that’s out of the question, until Peck orphans a fawn. The boy and deer grow closer until the deer starts eating the family’s hard-won crops and a painful decision is made. Originally a project for Spencer Tracy to be directed by Victor Fleming, MGM revived the production and made it a great success. Remade for TV in 1994.
Director Clarence Brown traveled the South to find the perfect Jody for The Yearling and discovered Claude Jarman Jr., a Nashville fifth-grader with no acting experience.
Golden Globe for Best Actor: Gregory Peck.
Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor: Gregory Peck; Best Actress: Jane Wyman.
Cast: Gregory Peck, Henry Travers, Forrest Tucker, Chill Wills, Jane Wyman
Director: Clarence Brown
Producer: Sidney Franklin
Original Story: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Directors of Photography: Arthur E. Arling, Charles Rosher Jr., Leonard Smith
Editor: Harold F. Kress
Composer: Herbert Stothart
Screenwriter: Paul Osborn
Production Designers: Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse
USA / MGM / 129 minutes / 1946