The Yearling

Synopsis: The family of Civil War veteran Penny Baxter, who lives and works on a farm in Florida with his wife, Orry, and their son, Jody. The only surviving child of the family, Jody longs for companionship and unexpectedly finds it in the form of an orphaned fawn. While Penny is supportive of his son's four-legged friend, Orry is not, leading to heartbreaking conflict.
Genre: Drama, Family
Director(s): Clarence Brown
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
128 min

We dedicate this picture to...

...those who came to our land ago and...

...made it their home-and and our inheritance!.

For us they faced the unknown.

For us they hungered and toiled.

Their endurance is our prosperity:

their struggle is our freedom:

their dream is our certainty:

....their dawn is our day.

From their dust we spring: and,

reaping the great harvest of their lives and works,

...we remember them with blessings.

Lake George, Florida. April, 1878.

I came across this lake once,

some years ago... a boat that brought me home

after the war with the Yankees.

Came down this river,

going back into the wilderness...

...away from civilization,

looking for a place to settle...

...a place to live,

back into the scrub country.

It got wilder as I got deeper

into the woods.

I liked it. Vegetation was denser.

The trees had to struggle

for a breath of air.

Even wilder here, as I got back

closer to the sources... the beginning of things,

further away from towns and wars.

And then I left the river,

went right into the woods themselves.

And here was the scrub country.

Not many people lived here then,

just a few pioneers.

I found myself a wonderful wife

in a little village nearby.

Between us, out of this sea of trees,

we cleared and cultivated...

...a little piece of half-fertile

ground we call islands, like this one.

That was many years ago,

but we still live here.

We've had our hardships

and our happinesses.

This is our home.

It's called Baxter's Island.

That's my name, Penny Baxter.

Here's where we live:

Me, my wife, Ora,

and our little boy, Jody.



Hey, coon. Them's mighty pretty

little fellas you got.


You want Jody, Ma?

Where's that boy at?

I reckon he's around somewhere.

Most likely gallivanting somewhere

where it don't do nobody any good.

He's doing what's got to be done.

- I need some water!

- Well, we'll bring you some, Ma.

- When did you get back?

- Just got back now.

- Hello, Pa.

- Hello, Jody.

- Gets late mighty quick, Pa.

- That's April for you. Where you been?

To the glen.

I lay down and I was asleep.

Come, Caesar.

I aimed to follow some bees

and find the bee tree.

- You find it?

- I forget to look for it, till now.

Now tell the truth

and shame the devil.

Wasn't that bee tree an excuse

to go rambling?

I had a notion to go rambling.

That's what I figured. I was saving to

myself, "There's Ma, busy in the house.

There's Jody hoeing

in the corn field all by himself.

The hoe gets heavier every minute.

I bet he's thinking,

'I ought to go rambling. "'

- That the way you figured?

- Yes, Pa.

Ma don't hold with rambling.

Most women can't see

how a man loves so to ramble.

I never let on you wasn't here.

I said, "He's around. "

- Us men has got to stick together.

- Yes, Pa.

- Pa?

- Yes, boy?

I seen a sight today down at the glen.

A mammy coon with two babies.

- They was the prettiest little fellas.

- Coons is pretty.

Is it worth speaking to Ma about it?

They was so pretty, if I snare me one

for a pet, even Ma would love it.

Your ma ain't gonna love no coon.

Reckon she'd get mad

if I mentioned it?

What do you reckon?

- You two home at last?

- Yes, Ma!

I reckon she would.

But I wish I had me something

to pet and play with.

- You said men have to stick together.

- That's right, boy.

If you was to speak to Ma

about that little coon...

No, thank you.

I ain't aiming to die afore my time.

Get down to the sinkhole

and bring your ma some water.

Yes, Pa.

Hey, Ma! I like you, Ma!

You get mighty loving

Rate this script:(0.00 / 0 votes)

Paul Osborn

Paul Osborn (September 4, 1901 – May 12, 1988) was an American playwright and screenwriter. Osborn's notable original plays are The Vinegar Tree, Oliver Oliver, and Morning's at Seven and among his several successful adaptations, On Borrowed Time has proved particularly popular. Counted among his best-known screenplays would be the adaptation of John Steinbeck's East of Eden and Wild River for his friend Elia Kazan, South Pacific and Sayonara directed by Joshua Logan, as well as Madame Curie, The Yearling, and Portrait of Jennie. more…

All Paul Osborn scripts | Paul Osborn Scripts

FAVORITE (0 fans)

Submitted on August 05, 2018

Discuss this script with the community:



    Translate and read this script in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


    "The Yearling" STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 3 Aug. 2021. <>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

    Watch the movie trailer

    The Yearling

    The Marketplace:

    Sell your Script !

    Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!


    The Studio:

    ScreenWriting Tool

    Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.