Monday, February 25, 2013

Daily Reel - The Billion Dollar Hobo (1977)

Charles Eisenmann was best known for his work with London and the TV series The Littlest Hobo, but the Eisenmann educated German Shepherds did far more than one film and show. Among them, The Billion Dollar Hobo.

Eisenmann’s Toro was supposed to play top dog opposite Tim Conway in this fanciful comedy. When Toro needed surgery shortly before filming was to commence, Bo, a far less experienced dog who, for reasons unknown, had never barked in his life, got the part.

At the beginning of the film Bo is assigned by his human to supervise the bumbling Vernon Praiseworthy (Conway) as he rides the rails and tries to prove he's worthy of a large inheritance. Bo soon discovers his new charge is even more thick-headed than most humans, but he perseveres in rescuing Praiseworthy from himself and puts in a stellar performance at the same time.

Besides the handsome Bo, The Billion Dollar Hobo has the added distinction of being one of the very few films to costar a Shar Pei.

This movie is profiled in detail in Wonder Dogs: 101 German Shepherd Dog Films.

Produced by International Picture Show Company

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