A Boy and His Dog (1946 film)

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A Boy and His Dog
Directed by LeRoy Prinz
Produced by Gordon Hollingshead
Screenplay by Saul Elkins
Based on original story by
Samuel A. Derieux
Starring Harry Davenport
Billy Sheffield
Dorothy Adams
Music by William Lava
Cinematography Charles Boyle, A.S.C.
Edited by Marshall Eyanson
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Release dates
  • December 26, 1946 (1946-12-26)
Running time
21 minutes
Country United States
Language English

A Boy and His Dog is a 1946 American Technicolor short drama film directed by LeRoy Prinz. It won an Academy Award at the 19th Academy Awards in 1947 for Best Short Subject (Two-Reel).[1]

Short-story author Samuel A. Derieux who died twenty-four years earlier, in 1922, received story credit for the film, suggesting to some the expectation that he wrote a work with the title "A Boy and His Dog".[2] However, a plot summary for the film, attributed to David Glagovsky,[3] closely parallels Derieux's short story "The Trial in Tom Belcher's Store", suggesting the film-makers drew on the published (and once celebrated)[4] story, but gave the film a title Derieux need not ever have considered.



  1. ^ "New York Times: A Boy and His Dog". NY Times. Retrieved May 18, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Samuel Arthur Derieux ... was the author of: ... Comet (1921), A Boy and His Dog (? )..." "Frank of Freedom Hill (Dodo Press) -- Paperback", "Editorial Reviews", on Amazon.Com
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038379/plotsummary "Plot Summary for A Boy and His Dog (1946)" at IMDb
  4. ^ "The Trial in Tom Belcher's Store" pp. 214-231, O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1919

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