A narrator explains that dogs are cast in movies just as human actors are. Warner Brothers needs two dogs for a segment: a smaller dog is injured, and a larger dog protects it. We go to the lot where dogs and their trainers wait to audition. We meet several, all of whom have played parts in motion pictures. All respond to visual commands, but which will be right for the parts? Two are cast and we then watch these old dogs learn new tricks, aided by positive reinforcement and a regimen that allows for only two half-hour rehearsals per day. Written by
When a Hollywood casting call needs two dogs--one to play a wounded dog and the other his protector--every dog in Hollywood has his day--or so it seems.
They do in this audition, whereby two men are assigned to check out the local canines, most of whom have already had several film credits. Asta is examined briefly but not chosen; neither is Astor 2, a young pup. In this short subject dedicated to Rin Tin Tin, dogs of every size and description are put through their paces but it takes quite a few auditions before the director decides on his choice.
Finally, the brief scene involving a dog who is shot at and wounded is filmed. The other larger dog immediately goes on the attack, something already well rehearsed by his trainer--and the scene is over.
Directed by Del Frazier, it's an entertaining and amusing short filmed in color.
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