MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 8,764 this week

Often an Orphan (1949)

7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 155 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 1 critic

Abandoned in the country by his old master, Charlie Dog tries to force himself upon farmer Porky Pig, playing upon his sympathies with a histrionic rendition of the horrors of big-city life.

Director:

(as Charles M. Jones)

Writer:

(story)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 536 titles
created 05 Jan 2013
 
a list of 1043 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 7084 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 1031 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 226 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Often an Orphan" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Often an Orphan (1949)

Often an Orphan (1949) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Often an Orphan.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Porky tries to relax on a hunting and fishing trip, but Daffy, smugly pointing out the "No Duck Hunting" signs, subjects him to constant irritation. Then the "Duck Hunting Season Open" signs start going up.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Bugs buys the homes of the three little pigs and the wolf starts blowing them down. Of course you know "this means war."

Director: Robert McKimson
Stars: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet
Family | Sci-Fi | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Porky and Sylvester's desert campground is sliced away and towed into outer space by a green, bird-like Jupiterian searching for earthly animal life. But Porky remains blissfully unaware, leaving Sylvester to be terrorized by the alien.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc
Frigid Hare (1949)
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Bugs rescues a penguin from an Inuit hunter at the South Pole and becomes obligated to it beyond his wildest dreams.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc
Animation | Sci-Fi | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A cosmic mix-up results in a Martian baby being delivered to Earth, while an Earth baby is sent to Mars. Joseph Wilbur and his wife try to raise the green-skinned, ingenious Martian tyke as... See full summary »

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Daws Butler, June Foray
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Ever in search of a master, no matter how unwilling, Charlie winds up on a plantation down South and tries to force himself on the owner, a Confederate Colonel. Unfortunately, the Colonel already has a pet bulldog, "Belvedere."

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc
Bear Feat (1949)
Animation | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Pa sees a want ad calling for vaudeville acts and tries to whip the family into shape for the job. Pa winds up being the only one getting whipped.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet, Billy Bletcher
Animation | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Sylvester's carnivorious pursuit of Tweety Bird continues, chasing the canary onto the ledge of a tall building. He plummets to the sidewalk below, losing one of his nine "lives"; the ... See full summary »

Director: Friz Freleng
Stars: Mel Blanc
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Bosko is a doughboy in the Great War.

Director: Hugh Harman
Stars: Carman Maxwell
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Hitler, Mussolini, and Hirohito are portrayed as ducks taking over a barnyard.

Director: Norm McCabe
Stars: Mel Blanc, Michael Maltese, John McLeish
Rookie Revue (1941)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Random gags around military life, set on an army base. A bugler uses a jukebox to play reveille. In formation, one private has a great deal of trouble remembering what comes after "3"; ... See full summary »

Director: Friz Freleng
Stars: Mel Blanc, Robert C. Bruce, Jackson Wheeler
Family | Western | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Daffy Duck is a Wild West outlaw named "The Masked Avenger", righter of wrongs and doer of heroic deeds. Porky Pig is his sidekick. Together, they search for Nasty Canasta, a villain whose ... See full summary »

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Porky / Charlie Dog / Charlie Dog's Master / Various Other Dogs (voice)
Edit

Storyline

Abandoned in the country by his old master, Charlie Dog tries to force himself upon farmer Porky Pig, playing upon his sympathies with a histrionic rendition of the horrors of big-city life.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

pig | dog | bagpipes | surrealism | scot | See All (7) »


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 August 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Olipa kerran orpo  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

[Porky doubts Charlie is a Labrador retriever]
Charlie Dog: If you doubt my word, get me a labrador and I'll retrieve it for you. That sounds fair, doesn't it?
Porky: A labrador? Why, sure, I, I...
Charlie Dog: Have ya got a labrador?
Porky: N-no.
Charlie Dog: Know where ya can get a labrador?
Porky: N-no.
Charlie Dog: Then shut up!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dog Tales (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Forty-Second Street
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played briefly when Charlie talks about the city
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Charlie the Dog more than earns his joint billing with Porky (even if Porky doesn't)
27 March 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When he is tricked and abandoned by his master, Charlie the Dog accepts his lot and moves on. Pulling every trick in the book, Charlie can't get anyone to stop and adopt him. Leaving the roadside, Charlie spots a right pigeon in farmer Porky Pig and sets out to be taken in as a farm dog.

Porky is not a great character where he is required to really carry the film

  • he works better in a solid partnership (ie Daffy Duck in full manic


mode!). Happily for the audience, Charlie the dog is a great partner and is responsible for making this short as funny as it is. The plot sees the slick, smart dog Charlie trying to convince Porky that he should be his farm dog. The material is funny and Charlie easily gets way more than his fair share of good lines. The ending is a little lame but mostly it is funny stuff.

Porky is OK here, as he often is when working alongside a solid partner, but it is Charlie's film. The two share joint billing and many people may be surprised to see this minor character up there with Porky Pig. However I think it is vice versa - Porky should consider himself lucky to be above the title as Charlie does all the work and gets all the laughs. Without Charlie, Porky would only be able to get vague laughs out of this film - as shown by the vague laughs at the end.

Overall, a very funny and enjoyable cartoon - but it is 99% due to the dialogue and actions of Charlie combined with his great, city-smart delivery and attitude!


1 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Cartoon Drama at it's Best kevnar
Why Chuck Jones was a grandmaster cartoonist Wheeljak
Discuss Often an Orphan (1949) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?