Lucky Dog (1933)

55 mins | Melodrama | 20 April 1933

Director:

Zion Myers

Writer:

Zion Myers

Producer:

Carl Laemmle Jr.

Production Designer:

Ralph Berger

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The above credits and summary were taken from a studio cutting continuity and dialogue script. This film opens with subtitles that read: "A dog asks only this from you--a place to sleep, a bone to chew on. But a dog will always love and protect you--rich or poor, saint or sinner. A dog will not leave you in sorrow or adversity, but with a wag of the tail will try to comfort you. In reality, we humans , not our four-legged pets, are the Lucky Dogs ." FD erroneously credits Zion Myers with ... More Less

The above credits and summary were taken from a studio cutting continuity and dialogue script. This film opens with subtitles that read: "A dog asks only this from you--a place to sleep, a bone to chew on. But a dog will always love and protect you--rich or poor, saint or sinner. A dog will not leave you in sorrow or adversity, but with a wag of the tail will try to comfort you. In reality, we humans , not our four-legged pets, are the Lucky Dogs ." FD erroneously credits Zion Myers with editing. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
30 Aug 33
p. 8.
Motion Picture Daily
9 Aug 33
p. 7.
Motion Picture Herald
13 May 33
p. 26.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Carl Laemmle, President
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SOUND
Rec eng
PRODUCTION MISC
Dogs furnished by
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 April 1933
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
7 April 1933
Copyright Number:
LP3788
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
55
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

"Buster," a brindle bulldog, plays with his dog friend, "Johnny Bull," until Buster's owner, Arthur Wilson, returns home with his wife Grace from Palm Springs. Arthur then is visited by his business associates, Rogers and Burke, who have discovered that Arthur embezzled funds to buy his wife a house. Although Arthur swears he was going to pay back the firm, Rogers and Burke force him to give them the $9,000 left in his bank account. Arthur decides to lay low in Montreal and send for his wife, but she leaves him. He is about to shoot himself when Buster interrupts his suicide attempt. Because of Buster's loyalty, Arthur chooses to live and plans to go to his aunt Ida's farm in Brownstone, Wisconsin. He is arrested, however, and Buster is left to fend for himself. Before he goes to jail, Arthur returns under guard to settle his affairs and, when he finds Buster missing, places an ad in the paper under "Lost and Found." A vivisectionist then picks up Buster off the street and is about to inject him with a deadly dose of germs when Buster escapes. Buster goes to the Wilson home, which has been bought, and the workmen kick him out. He then meets up with his old friend, Johnny Bull, who is owned by an Italian family. Although the family's numerous children want to keep Buster, their father turns him out because he has too many mouths to feed. Johnny Bull and Buster then steal weiners from a grocer, who chases them and fatally wounds Johnny Bull. As the hound dies, Buster howls beside him. ... +


"Buster," a brindle bulldog, plays with his dog friend, "Johnny Bull," until Buster's owner, Arthur Wilson, returns home with his wife Grace from Palm Springs. Arthur then is visited by his business associates, Rogers and Burke, who have discovered that Arthur embezzled funds to buy his wife a house. Although Arthur swears he was going to pay back the firm, Rogers and Burke force him to give them the $9,000 left in his bank account. Arthur decides to lay low in Montreal and send for his wife, but she leaves him. He is about to shoot himself when Buster interrupts his suicide attempt. Because of Buster's loyalty, Arthur chooses to live and plans to go to his aunt Ida's farm in Brownstone, Wisconsin. He is arrested, however, and Buster is left to fend for himself. Before he goes to jail, Arthur returns under guard to settle his affairs and, when he finds Buster missing, places an ad in the paper under "Lost and Found." A vivisectionist then picks up Buster off the street and is about to inject him with a deadly dose of germs when Buster escapes. Buster goes to the Wilson home, which has been bought, and the workmen kick him out. He then meets up with his old friend, Johnny Bull, who is owned by an Italian family. Although the family's numerous children want to keep Buster, their father turns him out because he has too many mouths to feed. Johnny Bull and Buster then steal weiners from a grocer, who chases them and fatally wounds Johnny Bull. As the hound dies, Buster howls beside him. After six months, Arthur is released on parole and returns to his old house to find Buster, then roams the streets in search of him. When a starving Arthur steals a loaf of bread, Buster barks and leaps on him. Arthur hits him with a wrench, believing he was going to attack him. Arthur then recognizes Buster and, grieving at having wounded him, takes him to a kindly veterinarian, who preps him for surgery. As Buster falls unconscious from the ether, scenes from his life pass before him. After the successful surgery, Arthur and Buster move to Aunt Ida's farm. When she asks Arthur what Buster is good for, Arthur responds that Buster "just sorta likes" him. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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