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The Wayward Pups (1937)

The cat of the house has his nap interrupted when two puppies, playing with a balloon, hit him with it. He chases the pups, crashing into vases and the like. He sneaks off in time for the ... See full summary »


Rudolf Ising (uncredited)


Russ Powell


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Russ Powell Russ Powell ... Black Cat (voice) (uncredited)


The cat of the house has his nap interrupted when two puppies, playing with a balloon, hit him with it. He chases the pups, crashing into vases and the like. He sneaks off in time for the puppies to get blamed and thrown outside. But the gate isn't latched solidly; they get outside and it latches behind them. They run away from the dogcatcher and start exploring another dog's yard until the big mean looking (but chained up) bulldog chases them off. They get him wrap his chain around a tree while they make off with his bone, and it's a race now with some other dogs, the dogcatcher, the bulldog (now dragging his house) all chasing and traffic crashing every which way. The parade runs into a dog show, then out, with all the dogs chasing. Time passes, into the evening, and people on the home front are getting worried. The cat starts exploring and finds a dog fight at the city dump, where dozens of dogs have the pups cornered. The cat takes them all on and leads the pups home. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Release Date:

10 July 1937 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Included in Warner Home Video's 2007 "Literary Classics Double Feature" DVD containing The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) and The Prisoner of Zenda (1952). See more »

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A sweet and cute "Happy Harmonies" short
11 November 2009 | by ja_kitty_71See all my reviews

I have only two words to describe this MGM "Happy Harmonies" short: Sweet and cute. Of course I had never heard of Harman & Ising's cartoons from MGM, until I had watched the first three on TCM's Cartoon Alley. And then I had watch a few more online.

Well anyway, this short is about two cute little puppies that were put outside as punishment for something they did not do - breaking the mistress' china cabinet. But really it was the puppies' bully the cat that broke the china, from going hay-wire after a balloon the pups were playing with exploded from the heat from the fireplace. Upon seeing the front gate flapping in the wind, the two pups ran outside of the gate. But the wind shut and locked the gate with the pups on the other side of their yard. The pups ran into sorts of trouble: Like the local dog-catcher and stealing a bone from a really mean bulldog. Both the dog-catcher and the bull-dog, along with two hungry dogs that smelt and wanting the stolen bone, chase the pups (with the bone) right through traffic and into a dog show with all the competing dogs. The chase led the poor pups to the city dump. Meanwhile the cat, who felt guilty about the pups alone outside, went searching for them, until he heard the police message about investigating a dog fight in the dump. So the cat followed the pups' scent and headed to the dump and save the little pups and bring them home.

Yes after watching it, I love this short and you would too. As you watch the short, you would feel sympathetic for the pups; until the ending that is.

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