Tuesday, January 6, 2009

...And They Call It Puppy Love

A few days ago, I went to the movie theater and saw “Marley and Me”. Being the dog lover that I am, I knew I would become attached to Marley, the world’s worst dog. I was right. The moment I got home from the theater, I immediately gave my 14 year-old miniature schnauzer Sammy a great big hug. I think I would’ve lost my mind if she was as crazy as Marley. I rather love my lazy butterball dog.

My dog, Sammy

Seeing “Marley and Me” got me thinking about other movie dogs that had captured my heart. There are the more recent ones like Beethoven, Air Bud, and that crazy little pug in the Men in Black movies: movie dogs that I grew up loving. However, this is a classic film blog, so I thought I would look back at some of my favorite classic film dogs.

Skippy “Asta”
Wirehaired Fox Terrier
One of the most famous movie dogs of the 1930’s, Skippy (later known as Asta), held his own as a comedian in some of the greatest screwball comedies. His best known characters include Asta in “The Thin Man” and “After the Thin Man”, Mr. Smith in “The Awful Truth”, and George in “Bringing Up Baby”. Although his most famous character, Asta, exists in all of the Thin Man movies, he himself did not star in all of them.

Terry “Toto”
Cairn Terrier
After playing Dorothy Gale’s canine companion in “The Wizard of Oz”, Terry was renamed “Toto”. She went on to make other movies, but she was never able to outdo her signature role. Some of her other films include “The Women”, “Fury”, and “George Washington Slept Here”.

Get Off the Rug and You Too
Great Danes
They only have a small role in the 1938 comedy “Merrily We Live”. I had to include these two just because I love their names, which also serve as commands. Maybe I should have learned from the movie and named my dog “Don’t Eat That”.

For an almost comprehensive list of films with dogs in them visit Moviedogs.


Raquelle said...

What a great post. An ode to movie dogs!

And Sammy is just precious.

Can't you tell I'm a dog lover too?

Genevieve said...

Thanks Raquelle!! I knew fellow dog lovers would enjoy this post.

Nicole said...

Aww those dogs are great

Oh in case you didn't read what I wrote on my page, if you want Joan Fontaine's address, let me know. :)

Ginger Ingenue said...

See, I never knew that Asta from THE THIN MAN was also George from BRINGING UP BABY; How informative! :)

Genevieve said...

Nicole: That would be amazing!

Ginger: I'm glad my post was informative : )

Nicole said...

Here you go!

Joan Fontaine
PO Box 222600
Carmel, CA 93922

Nicole said...

Ohhh I forgot to say, you'll need to send $5.00 along with it because she is no longer at a studio. :)