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For the Love of Rusty (1947)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama | 1 May 1947 (USA)
Danny Mitchell, feeling that he has been misunderstood (nothing new for this kid in this series) by his parents, takes his dog, Rusty, and leaves home, camping out near the trailer of ... See full summary »


John Sturges


Malcolm Stuart Boylan (screenplay), Al Martin (based on characters created by)


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Complete credited cast:
Ted Donaldson ... Danny Mitchell
Tom Powers ... Hugh Mitchell
Ann Doran ... Ethel Mitchell
Aubrey Mather ... Dr. Francis Xavier Fay
Sid Tomack Sid Tomack ... Moe Hatch
George Meader George Meader ... J. Cecil Rinehardt
Mickey McGuire Mickey McGuire ... Gerald Hebble
Flame ... Rusty


Danny Mitchell, feeling that he has been misunderstood (nothing new for this kid in this series) by his parents, takes his dog, Rusty, and leaves home, camping out near the trailer of veterinary Dr. Francis Xavier Ray. Gas escapes in the trailer during the night, and Rusty rescues the vet before he is overcome. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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English | German | Latin

Release Date:

1 May 1947 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The leaking gas rendered unconscious a grown man (Dr. Fay) but did not render unconscious his small dog, who was not affected whatsoever by the gas. See more »


Followed by Rusty Saves a Life (1949) See more »

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The Lord works in strange and mysterious ways
26 May 2007 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

**SPOILERS** Plesent little movie that has to do with the alienation of a young boy Danny Mitchell, Ted Donaldson,from one's parents but mostly his dad Hugh, Tom Powers, at a time when he need them most. Just before he reaches his teens and needs a father figure to guide him along and through the hard knocks in life.

With only his dog Rusty, who's more attentive to Danny that his father is, to talk to about his problems Danny becomes even more withdrawn from society, his friends in school as well as his school work and music lessons, then he already is. It's not until almost by accident Danny meets, through his stray in injured pooch Fuller, this whack-a-doodle kind of guy who's a combination veterinarian physician astronomer and all around country, as well as city, gentleman Dr. Francis Xavier Fay, Aubrey Mather. After that nothing will ever be the same again not just for Danny & Rusty but his mom Ethel, Ann Doran, and his stuffed up and always busy, for everything and everyone but Danny, dad Hugh as well.

Dr. Fay's gentle demeanor and kindness and understanding toward both Danny and his dog Rusty has him win the young boy over by getting him to do his homework not by punishing him like his father Hugh in having Danny stay in his room after classes and even threatens to take Rusty down to the pound if he doesn't behave himself. Rusty later cause Hugh a king size headache in having him pay for damages that he causes at the local fair by attacking this kitchen appliance and snake-oil salesman Moe Hatch, Sid Tomack. Who during a demonstration of his "world famous" potato peeler piled a batch of potato peals on top of, an angry and sneering, Rusty's head.

It turns out that Dr. Fays attention and understanding of Danny, which at first angered his father Hugh, did in effect draw Hugh close to his son with him showing Danny, like Dr. Fay, that he's not ignorant in the finer things in life. Like the wind sea and stars and what they have to do with whats the entire scheme of things in the boundless and unending universe of both space and the human mind. Thats really heavy stuff for a twelve year-old boy but nevertheless a lot more interesting then staying at home and trying to figure out a slew of algebra equations. Or the use of English verbs and adjectives as builders in the proper constructing of English sentences.

Touching as well as exciting ending to the movie "For the Love of Rusty" with Dr. Fay falling asleep in his trailer as he leaves the gas stove on which gets extinguished, by the boiling water in the coffee pot overflowing, with the doc together with his sweet little pooch Fuller in danger of being suffocated to death. As you would have expected in the end Rusty, even though he get's badly banged up in the process, together with Danny and his dad Hugh came to their rescue.

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