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My Dog Rusty (1948)

Approved | | Drama, Family | 8 April 1948 (USA)
Hugh Mitchell is campaigning for Mayor of Lawtonville against the incumbent, Fulderwilder, but his having trouble with his son, Danny, who persists in telling lies. Trouble starts brewing ... See full summary »


Lew Landers


Brenda Weisberg (screenplay), William Sackheim (story) (as William B. Sackheim) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Ted Donaldson ... Danny Mitchell
John Litel ... Hugh Mitchell
Ann Doran ... Ethel Mitchell
Mona Barrie ... Dr. Toni Cordell
Whitford Kane ... Joshua Michael Tucker
Jimmy Lloyd ... Rodney Pyle
Lewis L. Russell Lewis L. Russell ... Mayor Fulderwilder
Flame ... Rusty


Hugh Mitchell is campaigning for Mayor of Lawtonville against the incumbent, Fulderwilder, but his having trouble with his son, Danny, who persists in telling lies. Trouble starts brewing when Danny, who is "assisting" the town's new doctor, Antonia Cordell, slips his father's campaign handbills into the envelopes containing the doctor's announcement cards. Mayor Fulderwilder accuses Mitchell of complicity in the affair. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | Family


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8 April 1948 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In the opening scene, Hugh Mitchell states that it would be nice to surprise his wife by getting home as early as 7:15 and excuses himself from the card game at the fire department. The next moment he's catching his son climb up a ladder to his bedroom with Rusty at a quarter to midnight. See more »


Follows For the Love of Rusty (1947) See more »

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Nice Entry in the Series
19 July 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

My Dog Rusty (1948)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

The fifth film in the Columbia series has Huge Mitchell (John Litel) running for Mayor while at the same time trying to break his son Danny (Ted Donaldson) of lying. Soon Danny's lies get out and a bad rumor comes from it, which could cause his father's chance of being elected. MY DOG RUSTY no doubt wants to pass off a message to kids that lying doesn't pay but I think the other "lessons" it gives out are just as worse but more on that in a minute. There's no doubt that this was an ultra low-budget series but I found this entry to be pretty entertaining thanks in large part to a nice story that didn't have to resort to preaching to get its message across. With that said, I found it interesting that Danny is being blamed for everything bad that happens in the movie but at the same time it's doubtful these lies would be nearly as damaging to the election as the father's temper, which gets out of hand several times. I mean, he's constantly threatening his son but even worse is a fight he gets into with the current mayor and he even goes after another man in public. These "fights" would seem to be just as bad as the lying but whatever. Once again we get nice performances by Donaldson, Litel and Ann Doran as the mother. The supporting cast includes nice work from Mona Barrie as a town doctor, Whitford Kane as a blind man and Lewis L. Russell as the mayor. The funny thing is that Rusty really doesn't factor too much into the movie. Whereas the previous films had him being a key part, he's really useless here and adds very little. Still, fans of the series should find this entertaining and at 67-minutes it flies by.

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