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Killer-Dog (1936)

Approved | | Drama, Short | 29 August 1936 (USA)
A dog accused of murdering sheep is brought to trial.

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Major, a farm dog, is the three year old son of a collie mother and a wolf dog father. Major's father was shot by a neighboring rancher for killing some of his sheep shortly after Major was born. Major is put on trial for the same acts as his father. Circumstantial evidence points to Major having killed two of the rancher's sheep. However, in his three years of life, Major has never exhibited any aggressive behavior, he being a constant and faithful companion to young Betty Lou, the farmer's daughter. Major had even saved Betty Lou from a few close calls in her life. The court of public opinion is against Major, but the farmer persuades the judge to have a reenactment of sorts to see if Major's wolf dog father's blood is taking over his nature. In the reenactment, Major's wolf dog's father's blood is kicking in, but not quite in the way his detractors anticipate. Written by Huggo

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Nice Little Story
28 October 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Killer-Dog (1936)

*** (out of 4)

Nice short from MGM and Pete Smith has a dog put on trial for the murder of a couple sheep. It turns out that the dog, Major, has some wolf blood in him and his own father had to be shot for killing sheep. The dog eventually has to go on trial where he has to be defended by his owner (Ralph Byrd). This is a pleasant little short that manages to tell a pretty good story that doesn't try to do anything special except to just entertain. I thought the story was a good one that managed to keep the viewer wondering if the dog was innocent or guilty but I think everyone will know the outcome. The ending is a pretty good one as Tourneur's dark style is evident in a very good sequence that I won't ruin for anyone reading this. Byrd is best known for the role in various DICK TRACY movies but he's quite good here even though he doesn't get any speaking lines. Babs Nelson is also in the cast and she's best remembered for being one of the folks who led their voices to Bambi.


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