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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 ...
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Roscoe Ates ...
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Milton Parsons ...
Mohammed
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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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A Boy and His Dog Separated by 600 Miles...

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Moving cross-country in a Renault Dauphine?
11 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

That's the first thing SCARY about this movie. No wonder everyone is cranky; moving long-distance in a rear-engine, 55 hp Renault Dauphine; two adults, one cranky kid (I'd be, too, if Mom and Dad made me leave the dog behind with a drunkard-like neighbor).

One thing that sort of amazes me is this movie seems to touch also upon racial intermarriage; Is Mom a blend of white/Asian-American while Dad's a white guy? Or did Mom get a fairly severe eyebrow trimming (like with a Weed-Wacker)?

And Dad's an ass to his wife! Seems like the wife-beater type (oh, yeah, I forgot -- it's the movies... and 1961).

And the music soundtrack is revolting. Even in sad or almost tragic scenes, the goofy happy soundtrack wears me down. Maybe for kids, it won't.

WHY EVER VIEW THIS MOVIE? Oh, yeah... it's for kids. Then no wonder they later rebelled a few years' later. This movie was the cause of the hippie movement, and every other problem that happened later on in the late '60s (sort-of kidding... sort of).

I'd recommend "The Incredible Journey" (the original one, even with the slightly-nagging narration). if one's going for an early- 60s story of similar "moving away, leaving the animals" nature, go with the Disney classic!

This kid's gonna be a thug, but at least he's got "long hair" before the Beatles hit our shores!"


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