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The Son of Rusty (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Family | 7 August 1947 (USA)
In Lawtonville, the current foci for preteen Danny Mitchell and his friends, Squeaky Foley, Gerald Hebble, Nip Worden, and Tuck Worden, are to hang out in their clubhouse - an old shack in ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Franklyn B. Gibson
Luther Hebble
Rudy Robles ...
Rusty ...

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In Lawtonville, the current foci for preteen Danny Mitchell and his friends, Squeaky Foley, Gerald Hebble, Nip Worden, and Tuck Worden, are to hang out in their clubhouse - an old shack in which they are squatting on the private property of retired lawyer Franklyn B. Gibson - listening to the radio serial "Fang, the Detective Dog" while they work toward collecting enough Vitabark dog food box tops, the serial's sponsor, to get the book "How to Train Your Dog to Be a Detective" to train Danny's faithful German Shepard, Rusty. Rather thank kick them off his property or let them get away with being on his property without his permission, Mr. Gibson instead uses the opportunity to teach the boys some responsibility in their actions. The foci for the boys changes with the arrival into town of a reclusive young man who they will learn is named Jed Barlow, and his German Shepard, Barb. Seemingly, Barlow is sharecropping on the dilapidated and long empty Gruber farm. Barlow doesn't want to ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Family







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7 August 1947 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Danny tells Mr. Gibson that the E-flat valve on his cornet sticks. There is no such thing as an E-flat valve on a cornet, the valves on a cornet named first valve, second valve and third valve. See more »


Followed by Rusty's Birthday (1949) See more »

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Rusty and Friends
7 July 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Son of Rusty (1947)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

The fourth film in the series has Jed Barlow (Stephen Dunne) coming to live in the small town when gossip ruins his reputation. He's befriended by Danny (Ted Donaldson) and Rusty but when an accident goes horribly wrong, the former GI has charges brought against him, which has more to do with the gossip than anything else. THE SON OF RUSTY is a step up from the previous entry and if you're a fan of the series then you should find yourself entertained throughout the short 69-minute running time. I think the story itself was a pretty good one as the message is certainly loud and clear that gossip can lead to nothing good. The screenplay did a pretty good job at getting this message across and thankfully it never got too preachy and the film made the right decision to not beat the viewer over the head with its message. Another strong thing here are the performances. Donaldson is certainly at ease in his role and even Tom Powers was much better here as the father. Ann Doran returned to the role of the mother and did a nice job as well. Dunne was extremely good as the former GI who finds himself in a new battle in the small town. Thurston Hall easily steals the film as a good-hearted lawyer who befriends the children. As the title implies, a lot of the running time is devoted to Rusty and the GI's female dog. The "relationship" is cute to say the least but I'm a little surprised that the production code at the time allowed all the obvious sexual references between the two. It's certainly nothing offensive but I think older viewers will get the hints. Either way, THE SON OF RUSTY is a decent entry in the series.

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