Dogville Comedies

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From 1929 to 1931, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced a series of nine short comedy films called All Barkie Dogville Comedies, sometimes known as the "barkies" (in a parody of "talkies").[1] The actors in these films were trained dogs, dressed up to parody the performers in contemporary films. The dogs' dialogue in these early sound films was dubbed by actors and voice artists including Pete Smith.

The films were directed by Zion Myers and conceived and co-directed by Jules White. Both Myers and White later worked on The Three Stooges comedies.

The series is somewhat controversial today due to methods alleged to have been used to get the dogs to pose and to appear to "talk".[1]

Series titles[edit]

1929

  • College Hounds.....parody of college football films, such as MGM's Brown of Harvard (1926), featuring "Red Mange" (Red Grange)
  • Hot Dog.....parody of courtroom dramas, such as MGM's Madame X (1929), featuring "Clara Bone" (Clara Bow)

1930

1931

  • Love-Tails of Morocco.....parody of Foreign Legion films, such as Paramount's Morocco (1930)
  • The Two Barks Brothers.....parody of "brothers on the opposite side of the law" films, specifically MGM's Gentleman's Fate (1931)
  • Trader Hound.....parody of jungle adventure films, specifically MGM's Trader Horn (1931)

Home video[edit]

The complete series of Dogville Comedies has been released on DVD by Warner Bros. as part of its Warner Archive Collection.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Movieland Goes Roman", Performing and Captive Animals' Defence League circular, 1931
  2. ^ http://www.wbshop.com/Dogville-Shorts-+EST-MOD/1000114157,default,pd.html?cgid={when accessed on June 4, 2019, this link was no longer active}