An orphan boy on his way to live with his uncle picks up a stray dog, and the two become fast friends. However, the uncle doesn't want the dog, and when chickens are found dead, the uncle ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carter J. Latham
Lanny Rees ...
Danny Baker
Matt Hodgkins
Aunt Carrie Hodgkins
W. D. Stanfield, Attorney
Deputy Sheriff
Freddie Chapman ...
Arthur Hodgkins (as Fred Chapman)
Janet Chapman ...
Lorna Herrick
Western Union Clerk
Paul E. Burns ...
Sheriff (as Paul Burns)
John H. Latham
Harry Holman ...
The Judge
Helen Chapman ...
Mrs. Lois Herrick


An orphan boy on his way to live with his uncle picks up a stray dog, and the two become fast friends. However, the uncle doesn't want the dog, and when chickens are found dead, the uncle accuses the dog of killing them. The boy decides that it's time he and the dog hit the road so they run away, and meet up with an elderly man who also ran away from a home where he believed he wasn't wanted either. Written by

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Release Date:

1 December 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Cão do Diabo  »

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1.37 : 1
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Followed by Shep Comes Home (1948) See more »

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Tear jerker with a boy, an old man and a dog, all of them not loved.
20 May 1999 | by (Keerbergen, Belgium) – See all my reviews

Lanny Reese plays the part of an orphan, who, on his way to his uncle where he will have to stay, finds an abandoned dog. Boy and dog are getting attached to each other. But what did you think, his uncle is not pleased with an extra mouth to fill! When a fox kills a chicken for which killing the dog is accused, it's time for Lanny & dog Shep to leave the terrible uncle (by night, using blankets as a rope from out the window...). They decide to live as tramps. Parallel to this story, we see the story of an old man, living in the house of his son and his daughter in law; Due to some misunderstandings, he also thinks he is unwanted. I do not need to tell you that the old man also becomes a tramp, and that our three main characters meet each other somewhere "on the road"... The world also contains villain characters, so follows a part in which kidnappers (of a rich young girl) appear to use the same hideout as the three tramps. After some moments of high tension, our heroes succeed in catching the crooks and getting the little girl free. Meanwhile, the son of the old man has been desperately seeking Susan, no, his father, what prepares the scene for an happy ending: Boy, Dog an Old Man can all live happily together in the house of the son and his wife. And they won't lack money, because the happy father of the poor little rich girl supplies them with a well deserved reward. After you have seen this, do not tell me that you did not feel some tears pushing!If you do not expect anything more than a good made, straight B&W movie, you will not be disappointed by "My Dog Shep". The beautiful poster of it tells you exactly what you can expect. Comedian Al St. John (called "Picratt" in France and Belgium) plays a jolly part in it as assistant of the sheriff.

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