Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sensational Scent Hounds

Scent hounds have appeared in hundreds of films from all over the world since motion pictures began. They track criminals (Cool Hand Luke), provide ambiance to the American south (Sweet Home Alabama), and make incredibly lovable stars (Cats & Dogs). Here are examples of nine types of hound and some of the shinning moments they have had in cinema:

American Foxhound: Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery (1998)—They track, they hunt, they talk.

Basset Hound:
Smokey and the Bandit (1977)—This Basset steals the show.

Shiloh (1996)—Based on one of the best loved dog stories ever written.

Black and Tan Coonhound:
The Duke (1999)—A hound becomes royalty.

Johnny and Clyde (1995)—A hound is a boy's best friend, even when he doesn't know it.

Bluetick Coonhound:
The Education of Little Tree (1997)—A group of hounds provides companionship to a lonely boy.

The Ugly Dachshund (1966)—They want everyone to understand they are not the "ugly" ones referred to by the title.

English Foxhound:
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)—How can you track down a mystery without a few hounds?

Redbone Coonhound:
Where the Red Fern Grows (1974)—The most classic of all hound films.