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Gone to the Dogs (1939)

| Comedy | 1939 (UK)
A disaster-prone zoo attendant discovers a substance that accelerates motion, enabling his greyhound to run faster.


Ken G. Hall


George Wallace (an original screenplay by), Frank Harvey (an original screenplay by) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Wallace George Wallace ... George
Lois Green Lois Green ... Jean Mac Allister
John Dobbie John Dobbie ... Henry Applegate
John Fleeting John Fleeting ... Jimmy Alderson
Ron Whelan Ron Whelan ... Willard (as Ronald Whelan)
Alec Kellaway Alec Kellaway ... Mad Jack
Letty Craydon Letty Craydon ... Mrs. Mac Allister
Kathleen Esler Kathleen Esler ... Irene Inchcape (as Kath Esler)
Howard Craven Howard Craven ... Ted Inchcape
Harold Meade Harold Meade ... Mr. Inchcape
Lou Vernon Lou Vernon ... Doctor Sundermann
George Lloyd George Lloyd ... Quinn
Harry Abdy Harry Abdy ... Hogg
Reginald Collins Reginald Collins ... Benson
Jack Settle Jack Settle ... Head Keeper


A disaster-prone zoo attendant discovers a substance that accelerates motion, enabling his greyhound to run faster.

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Did You Know?


Opening scene of the film has a sign MYRTLE GREYHOUND KENNELS: ROOMS FOR SINGLE GENTLEMEN: MRS. Mc.ALLISTER. Prop. However, the film's opening credits list Letty Craydon as Mrs. Mac Allister. See more »


Original Musical Number:
We'll Build A Little Home"
Lyrics and Music by George Wallace
(Arranged by Henry Krips) (as Henry Kripps)
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Wallace bows out in so-so style!
13 January 2007 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

Gone to the Dogs starts off in high gear when two gorillas get loose in Taronga Park Zoo. Despite poor process work, this opening sequence comes across as quite amusing and gives us a comedy promise for the rest of the movie that is unfortunately never realized, or even approached. Even such a sure-fire stratagem as the haunted house episode is disappointingly muffed, and the climax, whilst displaying an astonishing improvement in the process work, is likewise mishandled, even though it anticipates similar antics by Abbott and Costello (in Keep 'Em Flying) by several years.

All the same, the idea of partnering the diminutive butterball Wallace with tall, beefy John Dobbie makes for a delightful contrast (a bright idea that Billy Wilder was later to use in Kiss Me Stupid when he partnered Ray Walston with Cliff Osmond).

However, Gone to the Dogs offers one great compensation in Lois Green. She's a beauty! And her foot-tapping title song is reasonably well staged. (Alas, this is her only movie appearance).

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