Monday, July 29, 2013

Reel Dogs Freeze-Frames 16

A Golden Retriever takes the cake in A Christmas Wedding Tail (2011).

A mixed breed finds herself on the wrong (or right?) side of the fence in Wendy and Lucy (2008).

A biscuit too hard even for a dog according to this white Australian Shepherd in To Dance with the White Dog (1993).

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

What's Wrong with this Reel?

Below is a scene from the 1975 film Against a Crooked Sky, set in the old west frontier and following the story of a teenage boy struggling to rescue his kidnapped sister.

But there's something wrong with this reel:

Spot it? The picture's not very clear so here are some clues:

Yes, Irish Wolfhound fanciers take note—Against a Crooked Sky costars a handsome, fawn Irish Wolfhound named B'ar Killer. What he's doing in nineteenth century Utah is never explained.

"B'ar Killer" was trained by Harold Packer, best known for Where the Red Fern Grows (1974). Here are more scenes with the big hero, who, though he's in the movie for only a short time, twice saves the life of the human lead.

You can find Against a Crooked Sky on several DVD releases.

For other Irish Wolfhounds in film, try The Bashful Elephant (1962) (very rare), The Legend of Lobo (1962), Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984), and Another Thin Man (1939).