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It's a Dog's Life (1955)

Approved | | Drama, Comedy | 23 December 1955 (USA)
A bull terrier tells his life story, from the streets of the Bowery to a life of luxury.

Director:

Herman Hoffman

Writers:

Richard Harding Davis (story "The Bar Sinister"), John Michael Hayes
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jeff Richards ... Patch McGill
Jarma Lewis ... Mabel Maycroft
Edmund Gwenn ... Jeremiah Edward Emmett Augustus Nolan
Dean Jagger ... Mr. Wyndham
Willard Sage ... Tom Tattle
Sally Fraser Sally Fraser ... Dorothy Wyndham
Richard Anderson ... George Oakley
J.M. Kerrigan ... Paddy Corbin
Wildfire Wildfire ... Wildfire - a Dog
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Storyline

In the early 1900s, a bull terrier living on the streets of the Bowery rises from a street-tough engaging in dogfights to pedigreed show dog among the upper crust. All the while, he has two ambitions--to be reunited with his mother and to get even with his father who deserted her. Written by <dbubbeo@aol.com>

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dog | dog movie | dog actor | See All (3) »

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Not since "The Wizard of Oz" has M-G-M created a motion picture with such wonderful appeal for young and old. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bar Sinister See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

There were actually two dogs used to play the lead. Wildfire was used for close-ups and non-action shots, and a double was used to perform the tricks. See more »

Quotes

Wildfire - a Dog: We ate at only the best restaurants in the Waterfront at little old New York. Well, behind the best restaurants anyway. Hoffmeier's garbage can belonged to me and my mother. Everybody knew that. That's Ma, working on a steak bone. As for those mongrels, thinking they were going to push us out of the way, that was a large mistake. Although I do not admire the expression, it was strictly dog eat dog on the Waterfront.
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Crazy Credits

[prologue] "I agree with Agassiz that dogs possess something very like a conscience." Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man. See more »

Connections

Referenced in My Three Sons: It's a Dog's Life (1965) See more »

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Fascinating
20 July 2006 | by HellKelpieSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie many years ago, one weekend on television back when I was a child. It caused me to be eternally fascinated by bull terriers.

The movie itself, on finally seeing it again as an adult, is not nearly as bad as some reviewers would have you think. From my point of view, it doesn't condone dog-fighting, nor even abuse of women. Sure, it shows some fairly unacceptable behaviour, but I didn't get the impression that this was being shown as an example of the behaviour on which our own should be modelled. When I think how many times in my viewing history I've seen people (not necessarily women) punched, kicked, shot, tortured, and murdered in cold blood, then this movie is pretty darn tame.

Since buying the DVD, and then buying the book on which this movie was based (yes, this movie made a huge impression on the child who saw it years ago), I still think it's a good movie. Clunky, sure. A little strange sometimes - absolutely. Displays outmoded behaviours - no argument. But still, for Wildfire alone, worth a view or two.


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