When villains use poisoned coins to rob a bank, the authorities send for Hawkshaw the detective to track them down. Hawkshaw, however, has theater tickets, so the job is delegated to the brains of the outfit: Spot the Urbanora Dog.
Although modern viewers may think the craze for dog stars was kicked off by Lassie or Rin-Tin-Tin, the first real canine lead of the cinema was Hepworth's Rover. Rover starred in several films beginning in 1905's RESCUED BY ROVER. By 1912, there were several. Not only was there spot, but there was also Jean the Vitagraph Dog, Shep the Thanhouser and probably half a dozen others I don't know about.
This effort, written and directed by Stuart Kinder, is a nice little bit of film and a nice extra on the Flicker Alley set of William Gillette's SHERLOCK HOLMES. I'm sure Conan Doyle raised his eyebrows and tried to collect some royalties on the name.
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