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Good-bye, My Lady (1956)

 -  Drama  -  12 May 1956 (USA)
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An old man and a young boy who live in the southeastern Mississippi swamps are brought together by the love of a dog.

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Uncle Jesse Jackson
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Skeeter has found this dog and discovers no one knows what kind of dog it is. Discussing the matter with his uncle the desire to keep and train the dog for bird hunting after finding the dog has super senseing ability but does not bark. He "yoddles" or laughs as some would say. However the real owner William Hoppers character wants him back due to the rarity of the breed. A very sensitive and moving film especially for fans of Walter Brennan and any dog lover. Written by Merv Denman <mervdenman65@msn.com>

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THIS IS A WONDERFUL STORY ABOUT A YOUNG BOY AND THE DOG HE LOVES - A PICTURE EVERYONE WILL ENJOY (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Good Bye My Lady  »

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According to Hedda Hopper's column of August 28, 1955, director William A. Wellman was planning to cast Vivian Vance and William Frawley (the Mertzes in I Love Lucy (1951)) to play a married couple in a single scene for this film. See more »

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A shot of Uncle Jesse and Skeeter's kitchen shows a bag of C&H (California and Hawaiian) sugar on the shelf. C&H sugar distribution has been almost exclusively west of the Mississippi River. Domino is the longtime sugar of choice in Mississippi where the story takes place. See more »

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Walden Grover: That's a lot of money.
Skeeter Jackson: That's a lot of dog.
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When Your Boy Becomes A Man
Written by Moris Erby
Performed by Don Powell, Laurindo Almeida - Guitar, and George Fields - Harmonica
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young and older dog lovers will like...
29 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a nice film directed by William Wellman about "Skeeter" (Brandon DeWilde) who finds a most unusual dog in the swamps near Pascagoula. He lives with his uncle (Walter Brennan) and decides to keep the seemingly stray dog and name her "Lady".

Lady turns out to be a very good hunter who can stand "on points" when she finds birds, but also has a penchant for chickens and rats as well. She is a sort of terrier, is what they assume, not realizing she is actually an African Basenji, rare and unusual.

There are a few amusing scenes, as when Brennan's neighbor brings his heeler, old "Millard Fillmore" to hunt with Lady, and Lady out bird-dogs "Old Mill" (what kind of name is that). Also when a kennel owner from Old Lyme, CT comes to look at the dog, and says the dog should be fed meat every day, ...Yankees treat their dogs good....they muse. Oatmeal and bacon fat isn't good enough?.

There are also some nice scenes of the mangrove swamps and Spanish moss. Pretty scenery, rough to live in though. Sidney Poitier has a brief role also, as he reads up on the dog and finds out its history. Won't spoil the ending here.

It's a sweet film without being overly sentimental, just the bond, unconditional love of a boy and his dog. 10/10.


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