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Killer-Dog (1936)

Approved | | Drama, Short | 29 August 1936 (USA)
A dog accused of murdering sheep is brought to trial.

Director:

Jacques Tourneur
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Ralph Byrd ... Father (uncredited)
Betty Ross Clarke ... Mother (uncredited)
Sally Martin Sally Martin ... Young Daughter (uncredited)
Babs Nelson Babs Nelson ... Betty Lou (uncredited)
Stanley Price ... Prosecuting Attorney (uncredited)
Pete Smith ... Narrator (uncredited)
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Major, a farm dog, is the three year old son of a collie mother and a wolf dog father. Major's father was shot by a neighboring rancher for killing some of his sheep shortly after Major was born. Major is put on trial for the same acts as his father. Circumstantial evidence points to Major having killed two of the rancher's sheep. However, in his three years of life, Major has never exhibited any aggressive behavior, he being a constant and faithful companion to young Betty Lou, the farmer's daughter. Major had even saved Betty Lou from a few close calls in her life. The court of public opinion is against Major, but the farmer persuades the judge to have a reenactment of sorts to see if Major's wolf dog father's blood is taking over his nature. In the reenactment, Major's wolf dog's father's blood is kicking in, but not quite in the way his detractors anticipate. Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama | Short

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1936 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The real culprit
4 May 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Major, a dog of mixed blood, is the faithful companion of a young girl living on a sheep farm with her parents. The farm is owned by a man who is trigger happy whenever something goes wrong . Major's father was a ferocious breed that mated with a peaceful collie producing a gentle dog that responds to the girl as though it was human. We even witness Major saving the girl when her mother's car almost ran her over.

When a few sheep are found killed by what appears to be Major, the owner of the farm thinks Major is the culprit since he bears a scar on his rump, something he thinks the dog did when he tried to go under a barbed wire fence. The young girl and her parents are horrified when they realize the dog will be put to death. Rather than give up, the parents ask to have a judge decide the dog's fate.

Major, the gentle dog, is proved innocent when the real culprit is found as everyone keeps an eye on the pen at night.

This is another one reeler by Jacques Tourneur, a director who went to do bigger and better things. Mr. Tourneur shows he knows how to get the most out the thin material out of the story.


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