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Often times it is found to be true that a film version of a story is never as good as the original Such is the case for the story of Ones A Heifer Sinclair Ross wrote the incredible short story Ones A Heifer which was then adapted into a teleplay by director Anne Wheeler Both people had distinct ideas for how this story should be told and although they do have some similarities they have many clear differences Ross original short story is far superior to the secondary teleplay and this is shown in the contrasts between the stories These differences can be easily shown in the areas of plot characterization and theme In both the short story and the teleplay Ones A Heifer there is a similar plot which consists of a young boy setting out on a journey on his own in search of two calves which are missing from his aunt and uncles farm In his search he comes upon the home of Arthur Vickers He believes Vickers has stolen his calves and is hiding them in a stall in the back of the barn He proceeds to spend the night with Vickers a night full of strange actions and unusual happenings In the morning in a mad dash to see inside the stall and to find his calves he puts up a fight with Vickers releases his prize stallion and ultimately runs away Upon returning home he discovers that the calves came home shortly after he had left and therefore something else was in that stall That is where the similarities end The differences in plot alone between Ross short story and Wheelers teleplay are vast and different In Wheelers adaptation she gives away the mystery of the stall with little or no thought expended by the audience When the boy asks whats inside the stall Vickers smiles and says Nothing youd be interested in Also later in the evening
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