Old Yeller / Savage Sam: Double Feature

1957 G 3h 8m DVD

Old Yeller / Savage Sam: Double Feature

1957 G 3h 8m DVD
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Disney serves up a double-dose of heartwarming family adventure with the tale of a yellow dog who teaches a young boy valuable lessons of courage, followed by a sequel that follows a new pup who helps save a group of kidnapped children. In Old Yeller, farm kid Travis Coates (Tommy Kirk) learns about loyalty and trust from his adopted friend. In Savage Sam, canine Sam faces a slew of dangers -- including wolves and wildcats -- to defend his masters.
Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, Brian Keith, Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, Jeff York, Dewey Martin, Chuck Connors, Beverly Washburn, Slim Pickens
Robert Stevenson, Norman Tokar
Widescreen 1.85:1, Full Screen 1.33:1
French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): DTS 5.1 Surround
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this sequel to Old Yeller, while certainly not the tearjerker of that well-known title, is filled with dated portrayals of Native Americans, including name calling ("injuns" and "dirty red devils"). Children are kidnapped. Also, expect extended rifle battles, brotherly rock fights, and scrappy conflicts between the titular dog and a feisty bobcat as well as a pack of wolves.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


Many scenes of rifleplay and fistfights between cowboys and Native Americans. The younger brother defends himself against his older brother by throwing rocks at his brother's chest. As a fearless dog, Savage Sam gets into many fights with wolves, the Native Americans, and a bobcat. In frustration, the younger brother punches a horse in the face. Children are kidnapped by Native Americans.


At the peak of a heated exchange, one of the cowboys calls another cowboy a "jackass." Several times throughout the film, cowboys call the Native Americans "injuns" and "dirty red devils."

Social Behavior

Though the movie relies on dated stereotypes about Native Americans and a one-dimensional portrayal, there is some subtle messaging about the plight of the Native American and the encroachment of white settlers on their land.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Two of the cowboys share and consume chewing tobacco.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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