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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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Mabel Maycroft
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Jeremiah Edward Emmett Augustus Nolan
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Mr. Wyndham
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J.M. Kerrigan ...
Paddy Corbin
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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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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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I love this film!!
9 November 2007 | by (Moto, Australia) – See all my reviews

I first saw It's A Dog's Life a long, long time ago on TV and immediately fell in love with Bull Terriers - I have since owned two and plan to get another. It depicts the breed pretty accurately, some can be scrappers but most are playful and friendly to all, and they have loads of personality. Yes, part of the plot is organized dog-fighting and there is violence towards a woman, both of which are repugnant to any decent person, but that knowledge shouldn't put anyone off watching - those scenes aren't nice, even though they do not show the actual violence, but all-in-all there's lots to love about this story. Wildfire the dog is a charmer and, best of all, the good guys win! I just hope this delightful film will be released on DVD sometime soon, so I can replace my old copied-from-TV VHS tape!!


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