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The Two Barks Brothers (1931)

Twin brothers are separated at birth when one is stolen by gypsies. One becomes a district attorney. The other becomes a drifter. Thirty years later, circumstances bring them together again, unbeknownst to them.




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Anthropomorphized dogs play all the parts. E. Barks, local district attorney, is running for mayor as the prohibition candidate. His aged mother tells a sad but hopeful story of how when Barks was a pup, gypsies stole away his brother. The brother, it turns out, is a vagabond with no memory of his life before the gypsies. He arrives in the city and is promptly hired, by Barks' nemesis, the local beer baron and Mob boss, to do some skullduggery. They're setting up Barks to crash and burn. Will treachery triumph, and what of a vigilant mother's memory? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

17 October 1931 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Music by Ray Henderson
Performed by the studio orchestra
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2 May 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Two Barks Brothers, The (1931)

** (out of 4)

Another entry in MGM's rather strange "Dogville" series, which had dogs "acting" out the roles of humans. More times than not films in this series would spoof popular, full length features but this one here pretty much hits at any "good brother versus bad brother" film. This time out, two dog brothers are the main characters and one is stolen as a puppy and raised by gypsies. Thirty years later he is a criminal but his brother is the D.A.. It takes a lot of patience to sit through this series no matter how bad or good the films are. Nothing here is actually funny but there is a surreal and strange nature to watching dogs "act" out various things. Included this time out is a rather amusing sequence on a farm where we see a dog milk a cow and another sequence where a chicken lays an egg right into a pan. Other tricks include dogs spitting, carrying a pale of milk plus various other site gags.

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