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The Son of Rusty (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Family | 7 August 1947 (USA)
In Lawtonville, the current foci for preteen Danny Mitchell and his friends, Squeaky Foley, Gerald Hebble, Nip Worden, and Tuck Worden, are to hang out in their clubhouse - an old shack in ... See full summary »


Lew Landers


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




Complete credited cast:
Ted Donaldson ... Danny Mitchell
Stephen Dunne ... Jed Barlow
Tom Powers ... Hugh Mitchell
Ann Doran ... Ethel Mitchell
Thurston Hall ... Franklyn B. Gibson
Matt Willis ... Luther Hebble
Rudy Robles ... Gono
Rusty Rusty ... Rusty


In Lawtonville, the current foci for preteen Danny Mitchell and his friends, Squeaky Foley, Gerald Hebble, Nip Worden, and Tuck Worden, are to hang out in their clubhouse - an old shack in which they are squatting on the private property of retired lawyer Franklyn B. Gibson - listening to the radio serial "Fang, the Detective Dog" while they work toward collecting enough Vitabark dog food box tops, the serial's sponsor, to get the book "How to Train Your Dog to Be a Detective" to train Danny's faithful German Shepard, Rusty. Rather thank kick them off his property or let them get away with being on his property without his permission, Mr. Gibson instead uses the opportunity to teach the boys some responsibility in their actions. The foci for the boys changes with the arrival into town of a reclusive young man who they will learn is named Jed Barlow, and his German Shepard, Barb. Seemingly, Barlow is sharecropping on the dilapidated and long empty Gruber farm. Barlow doesn't want to ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Family


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English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 August 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El héroe olvidado See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Danny tells Mr. Gibson that the E-flat valve on his cornet sticks. There is no such thing as an E-flat valve on a cornet, the valves on a cornet named first valve, second valve and third valve. See more »


Follows The Return of Rusty (1946) See more »

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Routine, lackluster follow-up to 'The Adventures of Rusty'...
2 June 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Malicious gossip about a war veteran (STEPHEN DUNNE) is at the center of this routine story in the Rusty series starring TED DONALDSON as the boy who tries to befriend the veteran only to have the friendship cut short by an accident involving explosives that hurt Rusty.

STEPHEN DUNNE gives an earnest, likable performance as the misunderstood veteran soldier and THURSTON HALL does a nice job as a helpful and trusted lawyer Gibson who defends the man accused of a misdemeanor for using explosives/ The final courtroom scene tends to be too preachy in its summation of small-town American values, as well intended as it is, even though Thurston Hall delivers it well.

But the story essentially is a weak one, bolstered only by the likable performances and the amazingly well trained canine mentioned in the title. The only real interest in the story comes from the mystery surrounding Dunne and his erratic behavior, which is only solved by the courtroom testimony he's forced to give about his background.

Summing up: A small trifle about a small-town incident used to showcase the abilities of a dog named Rusty and his owner, Donaldson.

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