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It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog (1946)

Passed  -  Action | Adventure | Comedy  -  July 1946 (USA)
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A reporter who wants to solve crimes gets into comic scrapes with a beautiful stranger and a misunderstood dog.

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Reporter Henry Barton, just out of the Army, is chagrined to be made Science Editor while his old crime reporter job goes to Bess. Against orders, Henry probes a racketeering case, and is in a Brooklyn tavern when beautiful Julia comes in with a well-trained Doberman Pinscher and with the dog's aid proceeds to rob the place... or does she? More complications ensue, with a "battle of the sexes" undertone. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Joe Parelli: What's the matter, mister? Married?
Henry Barton: No... too much plutonium.
Joe Pirelli: Plu...ton...? Myself, I never use it.
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Rosie the riveter's final bow ...
9 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

... at least for the next twenty years or so. Henry Barton (Allyn Joslyn) has returned from service in WWII with a better job than he left, at least that's what his boss tells him. Henry was a crime beat reporter on a New York paper before the war, and now he's an editor. Unfortunately he's the science editor and he barely got out of high school with science and math not being his best subjects. He badly wants his old job back, but a woman took over his job while he was overseas and she doesn't want to give it back. It turns out she likes the crime beat too.

Thus he hatches a plan to crack a local racketeering case figuring his boss will have to give him the crime beat job back if he does. In the process Henry runs afoul of a beautiful cop (Carol Landis), her trained Doberman is stolen, and to make matters worse the dog is going around assisting in bar robberies along with a man wearing Henry's very unique tie, thus making it look like Henry is in on the robberies. And from there things just get stranger and goofier.

This film is for sure a valentine to the immediate post war period when women were still filling so-called "mens' jobs" and the men were none too happy about it, the nuclear age had just begun, and gangsters seemed just a little out of place in this brave new world. Note that the biggest stars in this film have the smallest roles - John Ireland just starting out as a one of the racketeers and Frank Morgan as a bad guy as well.

Highly recommended as a moment frozen in time and for the goofiness of it all as well. Thanks to Fox Movie Channel for showing this rare little gem. This is a particularly rare event considering Fox Movie Channel has recently been taken over by teenagers who presume their viewers prefer "Horton Hears a Who" to "The Hustler".


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