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Are Animals Actors? (1945)

Located on the outskirts of Hollywood are Rennie Renfro's kennels, home to some of the greatest dog actors in the Hollywood movie business. It takes much work to get just the right ... See full summary »

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Located on the outskirts of Hollywood are Rennie Renfro's kennels, home to some of the greatest dog actors in the Hollywood movie business. It takes much work to get just the right performance by any animal required for any given movie. Using one of his star dogs Daisy, Rennie demonstrates some of his training techniques. Because the animals work in sound movies, they must be trained using silent cues. These training techniques are put into practice as a multitude of different animal actors and their respective trainers show what the animals can do in a revue styled performance. Written by Huggo

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Bland Short
22 April 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Are Animals Actors? (1945)

** (out of 4)

Knox Manning narrates this Warner Brothers short that takes a look at various animal acts working in Hollywood. Clocking in at just 14-minutes, the short really does feel much longer as there's not too much imagination to be found and it appears that the studio just found a bunch of stock footage and threw it together so that they could have a film to be shown before a main feature. We see the dog Daisy do some tricks and then we see other dogs doing tricks. From here we get all sorts of special tricks done by monkeys, horses, seals and even a bear. I think the footage is mildly entertaining in its own right but this stuff is mainly going to appeal to film buffs who seek out every short they can get their hands on. None of the material will leave you wanted more and it's easy to say that it's better the acts were shown here instead of each one getting their own short. Manning's narration is pretty bland without delivering any laughs. One wonders if Manning was even putting any feeling into it.


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