Adventures of Rusty

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Adventures of Rusty
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Directed by Paul Burnford
Produced by Rudolph C. Flothow
Written by Al Martin
Screenplay by Aubrey Wisberg
Starring Ted Donaldson
Margaret Lindsay
Conrad Nagel
Music by Marlin Skiles
Cinematography L. William O'Connell
Edited by Reginald Browne
Larry Darmour Productions
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • September 6, 1945 (1945-09-06)
Running time
67 min
Country USA
Language English

The Adventures of Rusty is a 1945 drama film, the first in the "Rusty" series of children's films. The series of eight films were made in the 1940s by Columbia Pictures with stories centered on Rusty a German shepherd dog. The film is notable for featuring the famous Ace the Wonder Dog as Rusty, the only appearance by Ace in the Rusty films.


The film's plot involves Danny Mitchell (Ted Donaldson), a young kid in the American town of Lawtonville, who is grieving over the loss of his dog. He is also struggling to adjust to his new stepmother, Ann (Margaret Lindsay), and has a difficult relationship with his father (Conrad Nagel) - causing him to call on Dr. Banning, a psychiatrist (Addison Richards) for assistance. However, Danny befriends Rusty, a ferocious German shepherd who was brought to America from Germany during World War II. Having worked a police dog for the Gestapo, however, Rusty is ill-tempered and Danny struggles to train him.

A subplot involves two Nazi saboteurs (Arno Frey and Eddie Parker) who arrive in Lawtonville, attempting to evade the Coast Guard and blow up an installation. They ultimately try to take Rusty by speaking to him in German.


Conrad Nagel, Ted Donaldson and Margaret Lindsay in Adventures of Rusty

Cast notes[edit]

The dog portraying Rusty would change over the course of the series, with Flame having the most appearances as the character. Danny's parents would also be portrayed by different actors in almost every installment.

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