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The Biscuit Eater (1940)

Passed | | Drama, Family | 24 May 1940 (USA)
Two little boys have faith in a dog they name Promise, so much faith that they enter him in the championship trials for bird dogs. The favorite is Georgia Boy bred and trained by the boys' ... See full summary »

Director:

Stuart Heisler

Writers:

Stuart Anthony (screen play), Lillie Hayward (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Billy Lee ... Lonnie McNeil
Cordell Hickman Cordell Hickman ... Text Lee
Richard Lane ... Harvey McNeil
Lester Matthews ... Mr. Ames
Helene Millard ... Mrs. McNeil
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Sermon (as Snowflake)
Tiverton Invader Tiverton Invader ... Promise - the Dog
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Storyline

Two little boys have faith in a dog they name Promise, so much faith that they enter him in the championship trials for bird dogs. The favorite is Georgia Boy bred and trained by the boys' fathers. And if Georgia Boy doesn't win, the fathers may both lose their jobs. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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James Street's Thrilling Saturday Evening Post Story, bought to the screen as a Heart-Warming Story of Youth! (original herald) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cachorro Vira-Lata See more »

Filming Locations:

Albany, Georgia, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was made and released about thirty-two years before its remake The Biscuit Eater (1972) premiered. See more »

Quotes

[Explaining what a Biscuit Eater is]
Harvey McNeil: That's what we call a dog too sorry to hunt anything 'cept his own food.
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Version of The Biscuit Eater (1972) See more »

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A wonderfully surprising "rite of passage" film
5 March 2000 | by SyrupSee all my reviews

Much more than the story of a boy and his dog but a mature look at the coming of age of two boys as experienced through the travails of Promise, their misfit hunter. Extremely engaging view of the pre-WW2 South with subtle religious undertones. I've seen it three times and have found something new with each viewing. The fact that we own six dogs helps account for our affection for The Biscuit Eater.


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