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My Pal Wolf (1944)

Approved | | Family | 25 September 1944 (USA)
A girl with a strict governess heads to Washington to purchase her dog from the Secretary of War.

Director:

Alfred L. Werker (as Alfred Werker)

Writers:

Leonard Praskins (screenplay), John Paxton (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sharyn Moffett ... Gretchen Anstey
Jill Esmond ... Miss Elizabeth Munn
Una O'Connor ... Mrs. Blevin
George Cleveland ... Wilson
Charles Arnt ... Papa Eisdaar
Claire Carleton ... Ruby, the Cook
Leona Maricle ... Mrs. Priscilla Anstey
Bruce Edwards ... Mr. Paul Anstey
Edward Fielding ... Secretary of War
Olga Fabian Olga Fabian ... Mama Eisdaar
Grey Shadow Grey Shadow ... Wolf
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bert Moorhouse ... Cop (scenes deleted)
Bryant Washburn ... Commanding Officer (scenes deleted)
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A girl with a strict governess heads to Washington to purchase her dog from the Secretary of War.

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Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pumpkin Shell See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Mrs. Blevin: You can get yourself a passable husband around here, if you work at it.
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A dog lover's film
5 March 2013 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

Like the films of Rin Tin Tin or Lassie, My Pal, Wolf plays on viewer's affections for dogs and their relationships with humans, with emphasis on the loyalty of dogs, and anthropomorphizing their behaviors. Wolf is a German shepherd found by a young girl. The two become fast friends and each has an opportunity to "save" the other. Some of the human characters are nicely acted, though caricatures. Anyone who is a sucker for dog films will probably love this one. There are a couple of scenes which qualify as tearjerkers.

Since this film was made mid-World War II, it also carries the expected patriotic message. It seems "Wolf" is actually owned by the U.S. military. During war times, citizens are always called upon to sacrifice for the war effort. Sacrifice is practically the definition of patriotism during wartime. War time movies also usually have what we might call a propaganda message. In this case, it has to do with the duties of military dogs. This film emphasizes the humanitarian services that these dogs provide, such as transport of medicines.

Were these dogs really used much for transporting medicines on the battlefield? If you refer to Wikipedia's article about "Dogs in Warfare", you will find a description of the wartime uses of dogs, including WWII.

The wartime aspect of the story is the minor part, however. The focus is one the love of a girl for her dog and the dog for the girl. The young actress acquits herself well, though the story is a little trite.


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