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Ouida (novel)
Dorothy Yost (adaptation)
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Release Date:
22 March 1935 (USA) See more »
Tentative adaptation of Ouida's sentimental classic about a poor Flemish boy (Frankie Thomas) whose ambition is to become a painter. | Add synopsis »
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Frankie Thomas Dies
 (From WENN. 18 May 2006)

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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Frankie Thomas ... Nello Daas
O.P. Heggie ... Grandfather Jehan Daas
Helen Parrish ... Maria Cogez
DeWitt Jennings ... Carl Cogez
Ann Shoemaker ... Frau Ilse Cogez
Christian Rub ... Hans
Richard Quine ... Pieter Vanderkloot

Frank Reicher ... Herr Vanderkloot

Nella Walker ... Frau Vanderkloot
Addison Richards ... Herr Herden
Josef Swickard ... Monsieur de LaTour (replaced by Henry Kolker) (scenes deleted)
Sarah Padden ... Frau Keller
Harry Beresford ... Sacristan
Lightning ... Leopold, 'Leo' the dog
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Reginald Barlow ... Official with Court Order (uncredited)
Elsa Janssen ... The Cogez' Maid (uncredited)
Marcia Mae Jones ... Little Girl at Party (uncredited)
Henry Kolker ... Monsieur LaTour, Art Critic (uncredited)
Clarence Wilson ... Antoine - Official with Court Order (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Sloman 
Writing credits
Ouida (novel)

Dorothy Yost (adaptation)

Ainsworth Morgan (screenplay)

John Twist  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)

Produced by
William Sistrom .... associate producer
Original Music by
Alberto Colombo (uncredited)
Cinematography by
J. Roy Hunt (photographed by)
Film Editing by
George Crone 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James H. Anderson .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Charles M. Kirk .... associate art director (as Charles Kirk)
Sound Department
Paul F. Wiser .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Harry Redmond Sr. .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ernest Bachrach .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Alberto Colombo .... musical director
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Roy Webb .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Elizabeth McGaffey .... researcher (uncredited)
Hermes Pan .... dance director (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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72 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
USA:Approved (PCA #621)

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A contemporary news item listed Henry Kolker in the cast, but he never appeared.See more »
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Nello and his dog, 5 December 2015
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I remember back in 1961 seeing David Ladd and Donald Crisp as young Nello and his grandfather in that version of A Dog Of Flanders and liking it very much. So I'm glad I finally got to see this most famous version of the story. Being from RKO Studio it hardly had the money put in it like the other one did which was I believe shot in the story's location of Belgium. In fact looking at the sets it kind of reminded me of sets from RKO's Anne Of Green Gables or Little Women. RKO like every other studio never built sets for one film. They got charming use out of them for this film.

Nello is played here by Frankie Thomas who would go on to play all American boy types like Ted Nickerson in the Nancy Drew series, or the minister's son in One Foot In Heaven or the intrepid Tim Tyler in the Tim Tyler's Luck serial. A little younger here Thomas is both winning and refreshing. His scenes with the rich girl Helen Parrish are most appealing.

Thomas has two passions, drawing and a German Shepherd dog he and Heggie took in after his cruel master left him for dead. He wants to enter an art contest with his sketches, but might not be able to afford the entry fee and they're so poor.

This version of A Dog Of Flanders is now 80 years old, but it still pulls the heartstrings. There is a silent version of this story and a more recent one that 1961. Still Frankie Thomas's will moisten your eyes unless you're a statue.

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