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Famous Movie Dogs (1940)

 -  Short  -  17 August 1940 (USA)
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Well known canine performers of the 1930s vie for a part in an upcoming movie.



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Complete credited cast:
John Deering ...
Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Von ...
Himself - a Dog


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 <>

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Vitaphone production reel #9686. See more »


References The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939) See more »

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29 December 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Famous Movie Dogs (1940)

*** (out of 4)

John Deering narrates this rather interesting short that shows how dogs are cast in movies. We start off with a director needing two dogs and then go into the auditions, training and eventual filming of a scene. Asta (The Thin Man), Corky, Rex the Dog, Peggy and Whiskers are among the dog's featured and they make for a nice short, which will probably appeal to people of all ages. I've seen quite a few shorts but I believe this was my first to deal with how dogs were cast in movies. The behind the scenes footage of the picking of the animals was the most interesting thing as were the scenes showing the animals being trained to fit certain scenes in movies.

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