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Fighting to Live (1934)

When attacked by two dogs, Joe Gilmore leaves them on the desert to die. Later one of the dogs saves John Blake from drowning. Men arrive claiming the dog is killing their chickens. They ... See full summary »

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... Mary Carson
... John Z. Blake (as Gaylord Pendleton)
... Mailman Reb
... Joe Gilmore
... Judge Simmons
... Endicott
... Jake - Prosecuting Attorney
Ted Stroback ... Stearns (as Ted Strohbach)
Bruce Mitchell ... Charlie, the Bailiff
Captain the Police Dog ... Captain (as Captain)
Lady the Police Dog ... Lady (as Lady)
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When attacked by two dogs, Joe Gilmore leaves them on the desert to die. Later one of the dogs saves John Blake from drowning. Men arrive claiming the dog is killing their chickens. They want to kill the dog but John convinces them the dog's fate should be determined by a trial. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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TWO FAMOUS DOG STARS IN A DOUBLE-BARRELED ACTION THRILLS (original print ad -all caps) See more »

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Western | Drama | Comedy

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Passed
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6 May 1934 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in New York City Sunday 21 November 1948 on WATV (Channel 13). See more »

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Dog story
18 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

The nominal star of Fighting To Live takes a back seat in this production. Reb Russell plays of all things a mailman who drives a flivver on his rural appointed rounds. The story here is a love triangle that has heavy consequences on a pair of dogs.

Marion Schilling is the unwanted object of the attentions of Eddie Phillips and when he gets fresh her trusty dogs attack her. She'd rather have the attentions of the newcomer in town lawyer Steve Pendleton.

Later on Phillips captures the dogs and let's them out on the desert to starve. The female gives birth to pups and the male dog tries to provide for his family by stealing chickens from the neighboring farms.

But despite his recently acquired fear of humans he saves Steve Pendleton from drowning. And Pendleton insists on a trial before these dogs are killed.

Our nominal hero only comes in prominently in the end to capture one of the dogs when they escape. Otherwise it's the supporting cast that does the heavy lifting.

Fighting To Live is an independent production with a budget I'm not sure could have broken five figures. There were a gazillion fly by night studios that were making westerns because they were shot outdoors at this time.

This might have rated a couple notches higher had a big studio done this story. As it is the story went to the dogs.


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