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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 ... Dorothy Wyndham
Richard Anderson ... George Oakley
J.M. Kerrigan ... Paddy Corbin
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

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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 »

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

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A nice way to spend an hour and a half.
28 February 2001 | by dhoffmanSee all my reviews

This is a period piece, set in what appears to be the late 1800s. Much of the film is narrated by the main character, Wildfire, a bull terrier, who moves upward from the Bowery in this "rags-to-riches" fantasy. At times Wildfire's narration may be `too cute', but remarkably it doesn't stray too far. This device of personifying the dog truly works, particularly due to the script. Wildfire gets high praise for his performance. Dean Jagger is excellent as is Edmund Gwynne.

The film is well-paced and I found it much more entertaining that I anticipated. This is good escapist fare-the good guys are good and the bad guys are bad, but not too terribly so.


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