My Dog, Buddy


1h 16m 1960

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 1960
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Hollywood Pictures Corp.; McLendon Radio Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Dallas, Texas, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 16m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

Ten-year old Ted Dodd is on a driving trip with his parents and his beloved German shepherd dog Buddy, when a reckless driver swerves into the path of his parents' car, sending the vehicle plunging into a ravine, where it bursts into flames. Ted's parents perish in the conflagration, but Buddy pulls his young master to safety. Speeding to the accident scene, a rescue squad finds Ted and takes him to the hospital in an ambulance, but not realizing that Buddy is Ted's dog, they leave the canine behind. With only the sound of the ambulance's siren as a clue to Ted's whereabouts, Buddy returns to the wreck, where he finds his master's baseball glove, which he picks up with his teeth. Knowing only that Ted was taken away in a vehicle with a siren, Buddy races after police cars, fire engines and ambulances in a desperate search for his missing master. At the hospital, meanwhile, Ted is in shock and unresponsive to the care of his physicians, Dr. White and Dr. Lusk. The police, on the alert for missing show dog "Sir Rex," owned by millionaire breeder Jim Foster, find Buddy, and thinking that he is the missing dog, take him to Foster's estate. Although Foster realizes that Buddy is not his missing dog, he is determined to win the championship in the upcoming dog show and enters Buddy as Sir Rex. Meanwhile, when Ted responds to a drawing of a dog, his doctors decide to take him to the dog show, hoping to rouse him from his state of shock. At the show, after Buddy is awarded a blue ribbon, he hears a fire engine outside and bolts from his leash to pursue it. Spotting Buddy, Ted watches helplessly as the dog runs into the city streets. Noting Ted's response to the dog, the doctors tell Foster that they think Buddy belongs to Ted. Foster then admits his ruse, and after returning the ribbon to the judges, drives off in his limousine with his wife Jane, Ted and his nurse to search for the dog. While stopping to rest at a shady ravine, they hear a siren, a signal from a nearby rock quarry to clear the area for blasting. Hoping that Buddy will follow the sound of the siren, Ted dashes into the quarry, and from the quarry floor, sees Buddy standing on a cliff. When Ted calls to his dog, Buddy threads his way through the flying debris and exploding dynamite to find his master. The Fosters and the nurse reach Ted and Buddy in the quarry take and them to the Foster home, where the Fosters welcome Ted and Buddy into their family.

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 1960
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Hollywood Pictures Corp.; McLendon Radio Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Dallas, Texas, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 16m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

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Trivia

Notes

Although Columbia production credits for this unviewed film list Henry Kokojan as "creator," Kokojan typically worked as a director of photography, camera operator and still photographer. According to a November 1960 Hollywood Reporter news item, the film's production company, McLendon Radio Pictures Corp., operated six radio stations in Texas. My Dog, Buddy was the company's third and last production. According to the Variety review, the film was such a hit in the Southwest that Columbia decided to distribute it nationally. A May 1960 Los Angeles Times news item notes that McLendon was considering a sequel, to be called Tuffy Scott's Dog. That film, however, was never made.