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The Silent Call (1961)

 |  Adventure, Drama  |  May 1961 (USA)
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When young Guy Brancato's parents have to move from Elko, Nevada to Los Angeles, California, they are unable to take Guy's dog Pete. Guy is angry at his parents and even more distressed ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Gail Russell ...
Flore Brancato
David McLean ...
Joe Brancato
Roger Mobley ...
Guy Brancato
Roscoe Ates ...
Sid
Milton Parsons ...
Mohammed
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Old Man
Sherwood Keith ...
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Jack Younger ...
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Rusty Wescoatt ...
Moose
Harold 'Tommy' Hart ...
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When young Guy Brancato's parents have to move from Elko, Nevada to Los Angeles, California, they are unable to take Guy's dog Pete. Guy is angry at his parents and even more distressed when he learns that Pete has run away from the neighbor who was tending him. But Pete has plans to travel to Los Angeles on his own. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Liked it when I was nine!
23 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It sounds as though this isn't a terrifically high-grade film, but for early-sixties kids the sympathetic longing to see the boy and his dog reunited keeps up interest, and of course the ending has a nice payoff. Since the vote comes from a little kid who enjoyed it, the kid is giving it top marks; probably the grown-up me would be more critical! I either saw this at my school's 16mm Saturday matinées in the auditorium or on TV... hard to remember, and maybe I have it confused with "The Littlest Hobo". All those stories with pets conquering vast distances to find their humans worked for me; we were a family with plenty of pets and like most kids I liked pretty much anything with animals. It may have been this film that had a scene with the dog traveling through the snow, and I was so absorbed in the story that I remember being surprised that I couldn't see my breath. Remember how real movies were when you were little? I think that the real-life instances of similar animal odysseys actually involved displaced pets returning to their original homes rather than sensing the new location of departed human family members. The homing instinct is a very strong one, after all. But you never know...


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