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The Tender Years

The Tender Years(1948)

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Brief Synopsis

The first of the Edward L. Alperson "Alson Productions" for 20th Century-Fox distribution, featuring the return to the screen, after nearly a four-year absence, of comedian Joe E. Brown, in a non-comedic role. The story is set in a small mid-western town in the 1880's, where minister William "Will" Norris (Joe E. Brown) becomes involved in the vicious fights held in the local dog-pit when one of the injured animals escapes its brutal master and seeks refuge in the Norris home. Forced by law to return the dog to its owner, the minister goes against his religious teachings and, with his son Ted (Richard Lyon), steals the dog in an effort to rouse public sympathy against the dog fights and against cruelty to all animals. The film was endorsed in many locations by local chapters of the American Humane Society and/or the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Cast & Crew

Joe E. Brown Rev. Will Norris
Richard Lyon Ted Norris
Charles Drake Bob Wilson
Josephine Hutchinson Emily Norris
James Millican Kit Barton
Griff Barnett Sen. Cooper
Jeanne Gail Jeanie
Harry V. Cheshire Sheriff Fred Ackley
Blayney Lewis Frank Barton
"Waltzer" "The Slasher"
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Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  Los Angeles opening: 30 Jan 1948
Release Date:  1948 Production Date:  UCLA* VHS cass
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Alson Productions, Inc., Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Duration(mins):  81 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  7,334    
Duration(reels):  9    

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  • The Tender Years

    Linda Opferman 2014-06-18

    I saw this heartwarming movie as a child and have never forgotten it. The final scene is awe inspiring. I have been trying to find it on dvd for years... MORE>

  • THE TENDER YEARS

    sally 2011-07-28

    THIS IS A GOOD STORY AND MOVIE AND SHOULD BE RELEASED ON DVD. MORE>