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So You Love Your Dog (1953)

 |  Comedy, Short  |  1 August 1953 (USA)
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Despite the fact that during the war, Joe McDoake's dog Dusty did everything wrong including giving information to the enemy, Joe brings him home with him. Dusty continues his dumb ways as ... See full summary »


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Despite the fact that during the war, Joe McDoake's dog Dusty did everything wrong including giving information to the enemy, Joe brings him home with him. Dusty continues his dumb ways as a civilian with such playful tricks as helping a burglar, derailing trains and bringing strange people into the house. Joe and Dusty are drafted into the Korean War where more adventures await them. Written by Les Adams <>

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Comedy | Short





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1 August 1953 (USA)  »

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Follows So You Want to Be a Paper Hanger (1951) See more »


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Music by Vincent Youmans
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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Featuring Duffy, the anti- "Lassie"
21 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Prepare for some spoilers... but they won't spoil the fun of watching this.

You know a man's devotion to his pooch is a bit extreme when his wife sleeps in a separate bed and the collie snuggles with him. (They are also quite affectionate with each other in the bar while Dusty tries "sobering up".) Joe loves Dusty so much, he has no trouble providing an alibi for the cop that claims a strange dog was de-railing a train with a rock on the tracks.

Like Nellie in "Little House On The Prairie", Dusty is never scolded by his parent/master; despite providing secret information to Nazi and Japanese generals during World War II for the tastier doggie treats than soldier Joe can provide or flashing "here we are!" signals to North Korean subs. (This was produced in late 1952.)

Ah, Dusty... so cute and adorable! He can do no wrong. Why doesn't wife Alice understand that Dusty's 100% dedicated? (Never mind the fact that he holds the flashlight for the burglar breaking into their safe...)

The Joe McDoakes series maintained a very high standard of quality right up until the end. By comparison, the Three Stooges didn't fare quite as well in the fifties, even though they were more prolific and survived as a series two years longer. One reason for this was that McDoakes was Warner's only "entertainment" series of this period; the color travelogue 2-reelers, sports parades and Robert Youngson compilations were "educational" and cheaper to make. Then again, Warner Bros. boasted the very BEST shorts of any studio regardless of the type (Looney Tunes anyone?) that it was quite sad that Jack Warner pulled the plug on "live action" short subjects in 1956-57 just when they were at their peak of perfection.

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