To Dance with the White Dog

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To Dance with the White Dog
Written by Terry Kay
Susan Cooper
Starring Hume Cronyn
Jessica Tandy
Christine Baranski
Theme music composer Gerald Gouriet
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers Patricia Clifford
Richard Welsh
Bruce Savin (co-executive producer)
ProducersPatricia Clifford
Glenn Jordan
Terry Kay (co-producer)
Brent Shields (co-producer)
Production locations Americus, Georgia
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
Cinematography Neil Roach
Editor Bill Blunden
Running time100 minutes
Production companies Signboard Hill Productions, Patricia Clifford Productions (in association with) Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions
Original networkCBS
Original releaseDecember 5, 1993 (1993-12-05)

To Dance with the White Dog is a 1990 novel by Georgia author Terry Kay, based on the experiences of his father.


Plot summary

Sam Peek happily resides in Hart County, Georgia, as a pecan farmer and local celebrity featured in many gardening/horticultural magazines. His wife Cora and he are both in their 80s, and have just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Cora dies of a heart attack. Sam and his family are deeply grieved over this, and his daughters begin to obsess over his safety and his life.

Not long after Cora's death, a mysterious white dog that only Sam can see appears near the house. He thinks it is just a stray, but daughters Kate, Carrie, and his other children do not see it and think he is going crazy. Sam goes on a car trip in his weathered truck to a school reunion, keeping it a secret from the children. After a series of events, the family and other people begin to see the white dog, but never hear her bark. Shortly before Sam's death, the dog disappears, and the dog is thought to have been Cora in another form.

Film adaptation

The novel was adapted into a Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie starring Hume Cronyn as Sam Peek and Jessica Tandy as Cora. It was directed by Glenn Jordan and was filmed on location in Georgia. The movie premiered December 5, 1993, on CBS, and was nominated for many awards including seven Primetime Emmy Awards. Hume Cronyn won an Emmy award for his performance. Nominations were given to lead actress Jessica Tandy, directing (Glenn Jordan), Sound Mixing, Sound Editing and Film Editing,


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