Savage Sam

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Savage Sam (1963 Movie)

“Savage Sam” is a Walt Disney film released in 1963, directed by Norman Tokar. It is a sequel to the 1957 film “Old Yeller” and is based on the novel “Savage Sam” by Fred Gipson.

The movie continues the story of the Coates family, who live on a ranch in Texas. The family’s loyal and brave dog, Sam, played by a yellow Labrador Retriever, has become a beloved member of the family. When Travis Coates, played by Tommy Kirk, and his younger brother Arliss, played by Kevin Corcoran, find themselves in a dangerous situation while exploring the woods, Sam comes to their rescue.

In the film, the boys go on a journey to track down a thief who has stolen their horses. They face numerous challenges and dangers in the wilderness, and Sam proves to be their faithful companion and protector throughout the adventure.

“Savage Sam” explores themes of friendship, loyalty, and bravery. It portrays the strong bond between humans and animals and emphasizes the value of courage and determination in difficult situations.

The film was well-received by audiences and praised for its heartwarming story and exciting adventure. It continues the legacy of “Old Yeller” and further showcases the special connection between humans and their loyal animal companions.

“Savage Sam” remains a beloved Disney classic, especially among fans of the original “Old Yeller.” It stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of family-friendly adventure films and the timeless themes they portray.

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $3 million
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  • Brian Keith: Uncle Beck Coates
  • Tommy Kirk: Travis Coates
  • Kevin Corcoran: Arliss Coates
  • Dewey Martin: Lester White
  • Jeff York: Bud Searcy
  • Marta Kristen: Lisbeth Searcy
  • Rafael Campos: Young Warrior
  • Slim Pickens: Willy Crup
  • Rodolfo Acosta: Bandy Legs
  • Pat Hogan: Broken Nose
  • Dean Fredericks: Comanche Chief
  • Brad Weston: Ben Todd


  • Director: Norman Tokar
  • Producer: Bill Anderson
  • Music: Oliver Wallace

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