(original story and screenplay), (original story and screenplay)


Complete credited cast:
Frederick Martindale 'Freddie' Vincent, III
Joseph 'Joe' Calerno
Duke - Freddie's Dog
Harvey Stephens ...
Chief Davison
Dr. Mulback - Veterinarian
Edward Pawley ...
Tony - Gangster
Chi - Gangster
Mr. Frederick Martindale Vincent II
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Davis (scenes deleted)


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"You stick to me, kid, and you'll have the time of your life" (original lobby card 4) See more »


Action | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

24 January 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Getaway  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Greig, Robert Livingston and Lewis Stone were in early production charts as actors in this film, but they were not in the released print. Sidney Bracey (Briggs), Sherry Hall (Jones) and Don Rowan (Powers) were in studio records or casting call lists for those roles, but were not seen in the movie. See more »


In the Chief's office at the police station, there is a large map covering the wall behind the Chief's desk, showing much of Eastern Los Angeles County (California), and a bit of San Bernardino County to the East of that. Most of the cities are placed more or less correctly on the map in relation to one another, although the distances between them are not always to scale. Two exceptions are Azusa and Glendora, which are shown above (North) of Ontario and East of Pomona. Both Azusa and Glendale are several miles to the West of Pomona and even farther away from Ontario. See more »


Joseph 'Joe' Calerno: [the Chief refuses to let the crook go free to try and find the missing boy] All right, wise guy. Be smart and see what happens.
Joseph 'Joe' Calerno: [to the cop standing by him] Take me back, flatfoot. I'm fed up.
Mr. Frederick Martindale Vincent II: Chief, you can't let him go. What about my boy?
Joseph 'Joe' Calerno: You think I took that kid, don't you? Well, I didn't.I didn't even want him. I tried to make him go back to you, but he wouldn't go. What do you know about that, huh? A swell papa you are! Not even lettin' him have a dog. Why, that kid was happier with me ...
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A boy and his dog and their gangster
21 May 2011 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

It's Jackie Cooper and Rin Tin Tin, Jr. against the world in the opening scenes of this okay crime drama. Having run away together, the two of them can't even hitch a ride--though they both give their best efforts at flagging down passing cars. Claudette Colbert being nowhere to be found, they eventually climb into the back of a parked truck, and....

Joseph Calleia is the crook who, in an early turning point in the plot and in audience sympathies, can't refuse helping a boy with a wounded dog--he did have a dog himself, once, he admits.

Speaking of audience sympathies, the other adult characters in this movie nearly all range from annoying to repulsive--and that includes the boy's neglectful father and the smug detective even more than Calleia's stooges who are ready to turn on him right from the moment we meet them.

No surprises, overall, but Cooper is earnest and Rinny gets to show off his acting chops. And Calleia is actually quite good in a somewhat meatier role than he is normally seen in.

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