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The Dog and His Various Merits (1908)

Les chiens et ses services (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Documentary | 4 January 1908 (USA)
We see a working dog, a beggar's dog, a shepherd's dog, and a milkman's dog. The working dog is locked inside a large wire wheel; the dog runs inside the wheel, turning it to run a machine.... See full summary »
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We see a working dog, a beggar's dog, a shepherd's dog, and a milkman's dog. The working dog is locked inside a large wire wheel; the dog runs inside the wheel, turning it to run a machine. The beggar's dog pulls its legless master, who's sitting on a low cart, down the street. The shepherd's dog keeps a flock of at least 20 sheep in a tight circle. The milkman's dog pulls a cart on which is mounted a large cylinder of milk. A lad leads the dog to a house with a Dutch door; the top half of the door opens, and the lady of the house hands out a pitcher that the boy fills as the dog waits. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Censored Version
1 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

The version of this film I saw on the internet was clearly the edited one, even though its running time corresponds with the time given on this site, which means, judging by wmorrow's review of the complete film, that the opinion given will obviously differ considerably.

As films grew more sophisticated and film-makers learned to tell stories, actualities like this eventually fell out of favour, and there's a good reason for this: most people don't go to the cinema to see things they can look at from their front door. While this film does contain images that are a little unusual - such as a tramp on a board being towed by his dog - most of the film is fairly uninspired and is of interest only for its historical value.


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