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A Dog's Best Friend (1959)

Approved | | Drama, Western | 20 December 1959 (USA)
A young orphan rejects his foster parents--instead turning to a German Shepard whose master was recently murdered. Stumbling on some evidence, the boy is rescued from the killer by his dog.


Edward L. Cahn


Orville H. Hampton (original screenplay)


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Cast overview:
Bill Williams ... Wesley 'Wes' Thurman
Marcia Henderson ... Millie Thurman
Roger Mobley ... Pip Wheeler
Roy Engel ... Sheriff Dan Murdock
Charles Cooper ... Deputy Sheriff Bill Beamer
Jimmy Baird Jimmy Baird ... Jimmy Thurman
Terry Ann Ross Terry Ann Ross ... Amy Thurman
Harry Dean Stanton ... Roy Janney (as Dean Stanton)


An orphan boy,Pip Wheeler, living with his foster parents, Wes and Millie Thurman and their two children, on a ranch near Calabasas, CAlifornia, finds a wounded, starving dog in the hills near the ranch. The dog finds a gun which had been used in the murder of a recluse, and the killer goes after the boy and the dog in a deserted part of the forest. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The crime and the movie should have been better thought out
23 June 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I'm sure in its conception A Dog's Best Friend might have looked like a nice boy and dog story. But when it actually got made it really doesn't come off that good.

A sullen young Roger Mobley making his big screen debut is a foster child for Bill Williams and his wife Marcia Henderson. He befriends a wild German Shepherd and discovers the dog has a .38 caliber pistol in its possession as well.

At the same time an old miser hermit was found shot to death and his hoard of cash taken. The hermit was known to have a killer dog around for protection though it didn't do him that much good. The dog did however get a piece of one of the two robbers in this case Harry Dean Stanton in an early film for him.

All I can say is considering what the other robber did for a living, this could have and should have been a much better thought out crime. Stanton does give his partner up as he's about to lose an arm.

As for Mobley and the dog in real life after what he pulled he would have been whisked into juvenile prison so fast. See what he does and you'll agree.

One curious thing about A Dog's Best Friend is the presence of both Roger Mobley and Jimmy Baird who were regulars on the Fury TV show though not at the same time.

A Dog's Best Friend is one shoddy film with most of the players in a lot better films.

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