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One Friday afternoon, young Davy Allen discovers that a dog, Buck, is badly wounded around the neck because of the collar he is forced to wear by his owner, Mr. Thornycroft. When Buck comes... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Squire Jim Kirby
Billy Sheffield ...
Davy Allen
Mrs. Allen
Russell Simpson ...
Mr. Thornycroft
Eddy Waller ...
Sheriff Kelly (as Eddie Waller)
Fleeta the Dog ...


One Friday afternoon, young Davy Allen discovers that a dog, Buck, is badly wounded around the neck because of the collar he is forced to wear by his owner, Mr. Thornycroft. When Buck comes through the yard's fence, Davy removes the collar. Even though Davy tells the dog to stay in his owner's yard, the dog follows him home. Along the way, he greets Squire Kirby, the circuit magistrate, who is driving his buggy to town. When Davy gets home, he tells his mother he doesn't know whose dog it is, and she allows him to keep it. Monday morning Mr. Thornycroft comes to the Allen house and accuses Davy of stealing his dog. Davy refuses to give up Buck and even threatens Thornycroft with a rock. Later that day the sheriff advises Davy and his mother that Thornycroft has sworn out a warrant, and they are to appear before the magistrate the next day. After hearing the evidence, Squire Kirby returns Buck to Mr. Thornycroft. He also tells Thornycroft that in addition to being the circuit ... Written by David Glagovsky <>

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26 December 1946 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Both Technicolor and black & white versions of this title were made. UCLA may have a color copy, but the one frequently seen on Turner Classic Movies is the other. Periodically in the 1940s, Technicolor would get backed up in their processing (and this was one reason many animated cartoons had "delayed releases" of a year or two after completion). B&W prints were sometimes made when not enough color ones could be distributed to theaters on time. Also, in the '50s, monochrome prints often in 16mm were made for television. For some earlier color films (like the Warner-Vitaphone 2-color Technicolor shorts and features stretching back to 1929), only these versions survive. See more »

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Might Have Made A Nice Feature
30 June 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A Boy and His Dog won an Oscar in 1946 for Best Short Subject and in its less than 30 minute running time spins a nice tale of a dog choosing its own master.

Young Billy Sheffield frees a cruelly mistreated dog from a trap and the hound follows him home. That of course doesn't sit well with owner Russell Simpson. Homespun and wise country judge Harry Davenport shows just why he is a judge in that neck of the woods in his decision.

Basically that's the sum and substance of the film. I couldn't help feeling that it could have been expanded and been a nice feature film.

Though Harry Davenport is true to type, Russell Simpson plays very effectively against his usual roles. I'd never seen him as a bad guy before, but he was quite effective.

A Boy and His Dog is still a nice family film. And I do love seeing Harry Davenport make Russell Simpson an offer he can't refuse.

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