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Wanted -- A Master (1936)

Approved | | Short | 26 December 1936 (USA)
A dog living in a junk yard finds out that all stray dogs will be exterminated by 3 o' clock that afternoon, so sets off to find a master before the deadline.


(as Arthur Ornitz),
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Pete Smith ...
Narrator / Voice of Dog (voice)


A stray dog (whose thoughts are voiced by the narrator) looking for food goes into the city. The dog learns that the city plans to round up all stray dogs after 3 p.m. that day to be killed at the pound. With only a few hours left, the dog travels from neighborhood to neighborhood, attempting to endear himself to someone willing to take him in and save him before the deadline. Written by Joshua Kreitzer

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dog | clock | yawn | trashcan | traffic | See All (20) »








Release Date:

26 December 1936 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Narrator: Hot dog! He gave me food.
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Very Good Short
6 March 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Wanted -- A Master (1936)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Oscar nominated Pete Smith short is a real gem, which will certainly leave a smile on your face. A homeless dog learns that a city ordinance has passed and at three o'clock all stray dogs will be killed. With that in mind the dog must try and track down a master because it's certainly life or death. Pete Smith shorts are always hit and miss since he made so many but this here is certainly one of the best. Smith's narration, speaking as the dog, is right on the mark and delivers plenty of smiles and laughs. The dog is a cute on, which certainly helps as we see him try to impress one person after another. The tricks he does are cute as well. One of the most interesting scenes is when a man is feeding a squirrel with an eye dropper.

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