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Police Dog Story (1961)

A rookie policeman is sent to the Police Dog Training School with a a half-wild German Sehpherd. They become a successful team and later capture an arson gang together,

Director:

Edward L. Cahn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Brown ... Norman 'Norm' Edwards
Merry Anders ... Terry Dayton
Barry Kelley ... Officer Bert Dana
Milton Frome ... Todd Wellman
Vinton Hayworth ... Harley A. Crenshaw - Police Commissioner
Francis De Sales ... Captain Dietrich
Brad Trumbull Brad Trumbull ... Bill Frye
Pat McCaffrie Pat McCaffrie ... Keith Early
Charles Wagenheim Charles Wagenheim ... Firebug
Jack Mann Jack Mann ... Dave Matson
Ray D. Barwick Ray D. Barwick ... Royce
Elvin Frazier Elvin Frazier ... Adams
Harry Y. Coul Harry Y. Coul ... Davis
Lawrence E. Weatherwax Lawrence E. Weatherwax ... Fallon
George Sawaya George Sawaya ... Driver
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A rookie policeman is sent to the Police Dog Training School with a a half-wild German Sehpherd. They become a successful team and later capture an arson gang together,

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dog | independent film | See All (2) »

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K-9 cop smashes city's toughest mob!

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Police Dog Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Show, Not Tell
13 March 2010 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

The first problem with this movie is the lousy script. One of the first rules of screen writing is that you never tell about a situation when you can show it and this movie is full of people telling you what is going on, from Merry Anders' voice-over that sets up each portion of the script to the police officer explaining to James Brown why he has been volunteered to the training officer explaining each command -- well, the last is appropriate. It starts out like 'Dragnet' with its voice-over which derived from its days as a radio show, but this movie rarely exceeds that visually, remaining radio with pictures throughout.

The second is the poor direction. Edward Cahn started out directing "Crime Does Not Pay" shorts for MGM and never got out of Bs, and his handling of actors underlines why: almost every line reading is mechanical, even from the few actors who had a career worth mentioning.

Director of Photography Maury Gertsman doesn't get to do much of interest as almost every group set-up consists of compositions of every one alternated with reaction shots -- all too often a reaction close-up of the dog playing "Wolf". He does get to do some interesting lighting during the dog's patrol sequences, but even that is muted by a flat cutting speed. In fact,the lighting and camera angles in those scenes are the only thing of interest in this entire mess, and not worth waiting around for.


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