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Alice and the Dog Catcher (1924)

Alice conducts a secret meeting and devises a plan to free all dogs by eliminating the dog catchers.

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Alice conducts a secret meeting and devises a plan to free all dogs by eliminating the dog catchers.

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Where's Alice? She's there the whole time!
11 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Not sure what film one of the other reviewers has seen - but it can't be "Alice & The Dog Catcher".

Alice (played by Mildred Davis lookalike Virgina Davis - her sister perhaps?) appears throughout - more so than in most Alice cartoons from Disney. The film plays far more like one of the Our Gang comedies from the Hal Roach studio. Animation is limited to a very short section in the middle of the film where Alice tells a story of a cartoon dog-catcher and how she rescued a family of pups from his castle stronghold (no kidding!) Animation is limited but the integration of the live-action Alice is excellent.

The majority of the film (about two thirds) is live action - a parallel tale of Alice and her version of Our Gang (complete with very similar children) and how they rescue a group of dogs from a pair of dog catchers. It comes across more as a live-action silent comedy with a brief animated interlude. Virgina Davis as Alice appears in virtually every scene.

Film ends with a hair-raising car chase, featuring some excellent stunt work plus some rare views of Los Angeles circa 1924. It should also be noted the film features a series of bizarre and distasteful Klu Klux Klan gags at the beginning - very odd.

Interesting to compare this film to the later Mickey Mouse cartoon "The Worm Turns" which also features a dog catcher theme. All in all an unusual Alice cartoon, well worth seeking out for it's curiosity value alone.


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