This is about real life attorney George Graham Vest (December 6, 1830 - August 9, 1904) who was also later a U.S. Congressman from Missouri. The story is about a man who is sued by a boy for shooting his dog named Old Drum on October 18, 1869. Vest's, "a man's best friend" closing arguments from the trial became more famous than Vest himself. Starring future Governor of California and President of The U.S. Ronald Reagan as George Graham Vest. Written by
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Based on a true story and a real person, Congressman and later Senator George Vest. The actual trial was in Missouri not as portrayed in Kansas. Also the young boy that sued was actually awarded $50 (maximum allowed by Mo. Law) not The $500 in the teleplay. See more
George G. Vest
[real life quote
The one absolutely unselfish friend a man can have in this selfish world, the one who never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog.
Referenced in Born in East L.A.