Adventures of Rusty (1945)

65-65 or 69 mins | Drama | 6 September 1945

Director:

Paul Burnford

Writer:

Aubrey Wisberg

Producer:

Rudolph Flothow

Cinematographer:

L. W. O'Connell

Editor:

Reg Browne

Production Company:

Darmour, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were For the Love of Rusty and Rusty . According to a HR news item, George Sherman was intitially slated to direct, but a prior commitment forced him to withdraw. This marked the feature directorial debut of former documentary director Paul Burnford. The picture was also the first entry in Columbia's "Rusty" series. The series, which consisted of eight films, featured Ted Donaldson as "Danny Mitchell," the boy who loved his faithful dog Rusty. The 1949 picture Rusty's Birthday was the last in the ... More Less

The working titles of this film were For the Love of Rusty and Rusty . According to a HR news item, George Sherman was intitially slated to direct, but a prior commitment forced him to withdraw. This marked the feature directorial debut of former documentary director Paul Burnford. The picture was also the first entry in Columbia's "Rusty" series. The series, which consisted of eight films, featured Ted Donaldson as "Danny Mitchell," the boy who loved his faithful dog Rusty. The 1949 picture Rusty's Birthday was the last in the series. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
18 Aug 1945.
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Daily Variety
13 Nov 45
p. 3.
Film Daily
23 Aug 45
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Apr 45
p. 10, 12
Hollywood Reporter
13 Nov 45
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
26 May 45
p. 2467.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
6 Oct 45
p. 2669.
Variety
15 Aug 45
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
2d cam
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
SOUND
Mus mixer
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Titles:
Rusty
For the Love of Rusty
Release Date:
6 September 1945
Production Date:
9 April--26 April 1945
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
24 August 1945
Copyright Number:
LP13458
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65-65 or 69
Length(in feet):
6,085
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

On the day that his father Hugh is to marry Ann, little Danny Mitchell, resenting his new stepmother and longing for his deceased mother, seeks solace at a creek. Hugh drives to the creek to persuade Danny to attend the ceremony, but his car breaks down, and while Danny explores the surrounding woods, Hugh calls a mechanic. At a farm owned by returning war veteran Will Nelson, Danny comes upon Rusty, a vicious German Shepherd. Father and son then drive home and after the ceremony, the newlyweds depart on their honeymoon, leaving Danny in the care of Louise Hover, Ann's best friend. While chasing the honeymooners' car, Danny's little dog Skipper is struck and killed by an oncoming truck. When Ann and Hugh return home from their trip, they find Danny still grieving for Skipper and resentful of their marriage. Lonely, Danny wanders back to the farm and Nelson explains that Rusty understands no English because he was a German army dog. One day, neglected and misunderstood, Rusty jumps the fence of his pen and injures his leg. Danny, playing in the woods, finds the injured dog, bandages his leg and takes him home, hiding him in the cellar. That night, Hugh is confounded by Danny's requests to translate phrases from English to German until Danny finally tells him about the canine in the basement. Although Hugh insists that Danny return Rusty to his owner, Ann tries to convince her husband to allow the boy to keep the dog. The next morning, Danny reluctantly takes Rusty back to the farm, and Nelson, impressed by the boy's concern, gives the dog to him. ... +


On the day that his father Hugh is to marry Ann, little Danny Mitchell, resenting his new stepmother and longing for his deceased mother, seeks solace at a creek. Hugh drives to the creek to persuade Danny to attend the ceremony, but his car breaks down, and while Danny explores the surrounding woods, Hugh calls a mechanic. At a farm owned by returning war veteran Will Nelson, Danny comes upon Rusty, a vicious German Shepherd. Father and son then drive home and after the ceremony, the newlyweds depart on their honeymoon, leaving Danny in the care of Louise Hover, Ann's best friend. While chasing the honeymooners' car, Danny's little dog Skipper is struck and killed by an oncoming truck. When Ann and Hugh return home from their trip, they find Danny still grieving for Skipper and resentful of their marriage. Lonely, Danny wanders back to the farm and Nelson explains that Rusty understands no English because he was a German army dog. One day, neglected and misunderstood, Rusty jumps the fence of his pen and injures his leg. Danny, playing in the woods, finds the injured dog, bandages his leg and takes him home, hiding him in the cellar. That night, Hugh is confounded by Danny's requests to translate phrases from English to German until Danny finally tells him about the canine in the basement. Although Hugh insists that Danny return Rusty to his owner, Ann tries to convince her husband to allow the boy to keep the dog. The next morning, Danny reluctantly takes Rusty back to the farm, and Nelson, impressed by the boy's concern, gives the dog to him. Later, at the Mitchell house, Ann confides to Louise her disappointment over Danny's rejection. When Louise suggests taking Danny to see Dr. Banning, a prominent psychiatrist, Danny overhears their conversation and decides to take Rusty to the doctor. After hearing about Rusty's problems, Dr. Banning advises Danny to ignore the dog and only reward him for good behavior. Later, Ann visits the doctor about Danny, and the doctor gives her similar advice. Soon after, two German spies land on the beach, having been assigned to a secret mission in the area. Rusty, suddenly ignored by Danny, runs away from home and encounters the spies in the woods. Realizing that the dog can provide them with small game, the agents decide to keep him. Danny, meanwhile, begins a desperate search for Rusty. One week later, Hugh reads a newspaper story about farmers hunting an abandoned German Shepherd who has been killing their chickens. Fearing for Rusty's life, Danny organizes his friends to search for the dog. As domestic tensions escalate between Hugh and Ann, Danny combs the countryside for Rusty. Still hiding in the woods, one of the spies takes Rusty rabbit hunting, and when the dog hears Danny calling him, he runs to him. The spy follows, and upon seeing the boy, pulls out his gun and takes aim. To protect Danny, Rusty knocks the man down, enabling Danny to grab the gun. Drawn by the sounds of the struggle, the other spy appears and is about to shoot Danny when the rest of the boys arrive and one of them wounds the German with his slingshot. Minutes later, a group of sailors who have been tailing the agents overtake and arrest them. Running home to tell Hugh and Ann the good news, Danny finds his father despondent because Ann has left him. Guessing that Ann is staying with Louise, Danny goes to Louise's house, apologizes to Ann for his disagreeable behavior and begs her to come home. Embracing Danny as her son, Ann returns to Hugh, after which, the Mitchell family and Rusty, happily reunited, pile into the car for a fishing trip. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Animal, Youth


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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