Set in the Ozarks during the Depression era, this film adaptation of Wilson Rawls’s heartwarming novel tells of Billy Coleman (Stewart Peterson), a poor but inspired boy who works tirelessly to buy and train two competitive hunting dogs. Together with his coonhounds, Old Dan and Little Ann, Billy faces adventure, triumph and tragedy — and ultimately learns about love, loyalty and friendship — as he strives to realize his dream.
Norman Tokar (November 25, 1919 in Newark, New Jersey – April 6, 1979 in Hollywood) was a prolific director (and occasionally writer and producer) of serial television and feature films, who directed many of the early episodes of Leave it to Beaver, and found his greatest success directing over a dozen films for Walt Disney Productions, spanning the 1950s to the 1970s.
After a career as an actor on Broadway in the early 1940s, Tokar moved into television direction on such sitcoms as The Bob Cummings Show and The Donna Reed Show, and the drama Naked City.
In the early 1960s, Tokar’s success working with the juvenile actors on 93 episodes of the TV sitcom Leave it to Beaver encouraged Walt Disney to hire him to direct family features for his studio, which frequently used children in key roles. His first feature film assignment was the Western Big Red (1962), followed by the Old Yeller sequel Savage Sam (1963) and Those Calloways (1965). After directing the… read more
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