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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.

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Porky / Charlie Dog / Charlie Dog's Master / Various Other Dogs (voice)
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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.

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13 August 1949 (USA)  »

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Charlie Dog: All my life, I've dreamed the day I could live in the country. I'm not strong! I need lots of fresh air, and milk, and cream...
[Coughs]
Charlie Dog: and fresh leafy vegetables!
[Sobs]
Porky: B-but I -
Charlie Dog: Good, clean, wholesome farm living!
[Sobs]
Porky: B-but I -
Charlie Dog: And now -
[Sniffs]
[...]
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Referenced in Dog Tales (1958) See more »

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My Buddy
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Music by Walter Donaldson
Played when Charlie cries at the tree stump
Also played when Porky tells Charlie that he can stay
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Hilarious cartoon with Charlie Dog and Porky Pig
16 May 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

One of my favourite Looney Tunes cartoons as of now. The animation is mellow in colour and the attention to detail is done with fluidity. Charlie's facial expressions are especially brilliant. The music is orchestrated very appealingly with appropriate use of instruments. What Looney Tunes does so well also is how the music does so well in enhancing the action and humour, every note and phrase matches every gesture, expression and sound effect with no complaints to be had. The story is told briskly and consistently engaging for children and adults alike, the chemistry between Charlie and Porky and the imaginative sight gags really helps elevating to an even higher level. Porky is good here, he is better in support than in lead but he is still a likable character. But the best assets about Often an Orphan are Charlie and the dialogue. Charlie is just hilarious and I just wish he was in more cartoons, as well as being such a funny character he's endearing too. The dialogue is deliciously witty and very non-stop laughter quality, the best lines of course coming from Charlie(the towers monologue and when he tells Porky to shut up are classics), but Porky's Why you poor, unsanitary, old, underprivileged mongrel is deliciously condescending and one of his best ever quotes. Not to mention Mel Blanc, who is as always fantastic and delivers lines in the way only he would. In conclusion, hilarious. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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