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It's a Dog's Life (1955)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Comedy  |  23 December 1955 (USA)
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A bull terrier tells his life story, from the streets of the Bowery to a life of luxury.

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Patch McGill
Jarma Lewis ...
Mabel Maycroft
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Jeremiah Edward Emmett Augustus Nolan
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George Oakley
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Paddy Corbin
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Wildfire - a Dog
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In the early 1900s, a bull terrier living on the streets of the Bowery rises from a street-tough engaging in dogfights to pedigreed show dog among the upper crust. All the while, he has two ambitions--to be reunited with his mother and to get even with his father who deserted her. Written by <dbubbeo@aol.com>

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23 December 1955 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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There were actually two dogs used to play the lead. Wildfire was used for close-ups and non-action shots, and a double was used to perform the tricks. See more »

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Referenced in My Three Sons: It's a Dog's Life (1965) See more »

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A minor unheralded classic
9 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Okay, I saw this first when I was a kid and loved it. It's a rare talking animal film from an era that didn't indulge in these kinds of things. There's really nothing cutesy about it and it's tough around the edges, possibly too much so. This is Charles Dickens territory, not Benji. But it has charms (although the brutal treatment of animals and women can rightfully discredit this film, so I offer a caveat to any sensitive viewer). There is enough things right in this film to make up for the wrong in my book. Honestly, the ugly stuff this dog character goes through without losing his innate decency is very appealing (yeah, I know, it's a talking dog--although he narrates so there is no animated mouth movements making it cartoonish). I was surprised to learn that Vic Morrow did the dog voice-over. Nice job, perhaps better than many of his on-screen performances. And always reliable Edmund Gwenn and Dean Jagger provide solid support. This is a weird one, but I find it memorable.


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