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Hot Dog (1930)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 16 August 1930 (USA)
This Dogville short starts in a nightclub. A married dog is out on the town with her lover boyfriend, which has everybody gossiping. The husband shows up, and after a fight between the ... See full summary »

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This Dogville short starts in a nightclub. A married dog is out on the town with her lover boyfriend, which has everybody gossiping. The husband shows up, and after a fight between the husband and the boyfriend, the wife kills the husband. She is put on trial for murder. At the end of the trial is a surprising twist. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Wintermärchen
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Music by Alphons Czibulka
Played while the defendant was on the stand
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For the Dogs
22 January 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Hot Dog (1930)

** (out of 4)

Another entry in MGM's "Dogville" shorts, which pretty much put dogs into the roles of humans. How did they get the dogs to "act"? By putting strings on them and jerking them around the set. This film takes place at a popular hang out where a female dog is with her lover. The husband then comes in and beats up the lover but the wife shoots and kills him. A court battle follows. I've seen around ten of these shorts and I must say each one just gets weirder and weirder. On one hand, as a comedy, the film is a complete failure because there's not a single laugh to be found here. I'm not sure how funny this series was back in the early 30s but today the films are rather painfully in how unfunny they are. With that said, they're still quite entertaining because of how surreal and downright strange they are. Seeing dogs being yanked around is something we'll never see again so these films have a morbid curiosity factor, which I'm guessing is one of the main reasons TCM keeps showing them.


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