We watch the life of a Coast Guard dog, from the dog's point of view, from induction to graduation and then into a jungle to hunt for an enemy sniper. To pass muster, dogs must be of a ... See full summary »

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We watch the life of a Coast Guard dog, from the dog's point of view, from induction to graduation and then into a jungle to hunt for an enemy sniper. To pass muster, dogs must be of a certain size, then they go through basic training, canine calisthenics, carrying and leaping, attacking and assisting escapes, self-possession under gunfire, and working with various handlers. The handlers, too, learn skills. After graduation, the dog is ready for duty in a jungle across the Pacific. The dog's keen eyesight, hearing, and sense of smell make it an ideal warrior. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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27 October 1945 (USA)  »

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Woof
18 July 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This RKO short subject is about the training of coast guard dogs, told from the viewpoint of one of the dogs involved -- at least the voice-over narration is supposed to be the reminiscences of one of the dogs, a Doberman Pinscher, leading up to the World War Two service of the dog on a Pacific Island, fighting against the Japanese.

Although not a particularly informative picture, it does have a certain amount of propaganda value, as we watch the action. It is primarily a flag-waving exercise, with the message that dogs are valiant for the sake of the United States, and we, as loyal American humans, watching this movie in the theater, should also be.


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