Mary Lou is excited because today is her older brother Sonny's birthday. Sonny wants a motorcycle, but his father has decided to buy him a dog instead, mainly because he himself wants to have a dog that he can take hunting. After a dispute with his father, Sonny leaves home. As he walks along a railroad track, he finds a frightened lost dog, and soon he begins to feel differently about dogs. Written by
Mary Lou, what are you doing? You'll get soaked!
Mary Lou Rogers:
[playing in the rain]
I won't, Mother, just my clothes!
Those children... and that includes you.
What have I done?
Ever since you heard of those Vanderpool pups, our dinner table's been a regular battlefield.
And it's going to stop. I'm not going to tolerate any more of Sonny's nonsense. Wait till you see Queenie, and you'll know why I'm so crazy to have - I mean, for Sonny to have one of her pups.
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Really Shirley Temple blossomed in front of the film audience's eyes in these film shorts. In this story, she is Mary Lou Rodgers. Her brother is celebrating is birthday. The father is insisting that he gets a puppy but he's afraid of dogs in general. He must have had a traumatic experience at some time. They never really dwell into serious situations in these shorts anyway. Well, he decides to run away from home but manages somehow to overcome his fear of dogs. When the father has already bought a purebred pedigree canine puppy, the son refuses it for something else maybe beneath the standards. It's a cute story in about ten minutes. It's not the greatest sound or film quality since this short was done in the early 1930s. Shirley's adorable and precocious as the little sister who steals the film away.
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