"The Home Movie award went to [Joseph] F. Hollywood for his 8mm picture 'Two Kids and a Pup.' The subject was truly home movie in nature. A brief continuity that showed the pup being brought home; both boy and girl wanted it and finally a compromise where it is agreed one day the boy is to hove the pup and the next day the girl; the children thus to alternate for peace's sake. Then is shown how the boy plays with a dog. He goes to a wooded lot, pretends to be hunting, etc. The girl, however, treats the dog the same as she would a doll. Makes clothes for it, dresses it up and places it in the doll buggy. Then comes the day when the girl decides to cheat a bit and rushes home to be the first to have the dog. When the boy arrives she has the dog completely covered in the doll buggy. However, at the crucial moment it rears its head and the fight is on. The mother then decides to settle the controversy by having the children stand at one end of the yard while she takes the dog to the other end. They are to call the dog and the one to whom the dog goes is to play with it that day. They are set, the dog is let loose and just at that moment another dog passes by and the pup rushes between the children after the other dog and thus the story ends. Hollywood's cutting and photography were good. And the handling of the whole picture was highly commendable." American Cinematographer, Jan. 1937, 25.
"'This is a simple story concerning the affairs of a cat and a dog. Are they natural enemies, or can they become playmates?' (Amicus description, via Library & Archives Canada web site.) This film received a Certificate of Merit in the Amateur Category at the 14th Canadian Film Awards, 1962. English and French-language versions were apparently distributed by Thomas Howe Associates Ltd. in 1980" British Columbia Archives.
"Hunting, cast of "Boy," played by Winthrop Rolfe, and "Dog," played by Teddy. Boy, walks with Dog through the forested mountainside, gazes at views over the alley, drinks water from a rushing stream, and kneels to shoot at birds." Notes by (NHF) Chris Reed and Chris Castiglia, June 2013
"Wild Dogs of Africa is a film by a perennial winner, Fred Harshbarger of Colton, Calif. Most of us have seen films made in Africa but this nine minutes is not about the "run-of-the-mill" African animals that one expects. Who would think of making a film about wild dogs? Well Fred did - and because of it we all know just a little more of that part of the world. Naturally it's in color and shot with the usual Harshbarger "know-how". Winning the Nature Award was a natural for this picture" PSA Journal, Nov. 1969, 56.
"On the Reef can refer to only one place in the world and that's the Great Barrier Reef off the eastern coast of Australia. Graemer Grosvenor handled the world of sea life very nicely with a smooth flowing story of a group of young adventurers in this area of the unusual. This film from Australia had no difficulty in capturing the Nature Film Award" PSA Journal, Oct. 1968, 49.
"Problems in the Pounding Surf is an animated cartoon of a little dog's antics in the ocean. Entered in a previous film competition, judges in that event stated "A truly fabulous animation film, extremely competent timing and use of line with good overall humor." So our judges were not alone in their praise of this workmanship. What our judges did not know and won't know until they read these words here is that the maker of this film, Dale Ramsey, is only 15 years old" PSA Journal, Aug. 1967, 37-38.
"The Black Cat is a 25-minute version of Edgar Allen Poe's story by the same name and concerns a man who does away with his wife in what he believes to be the perfect crime, only to be outdone in the end by the family black cat. This low key, well dramatized version is the only 8mm film among the top ten and also received the MPD Scenario Film Award" PSA Journal, Sept. 1965, 50.
"The Visible Woman is an attractive little package about a woman who tries to construct a visible woman. Doesn't sound like much of a theme, does it? But with a parallel in counterpoint between herself and her son, the injection of a cat that at times steals the show, and a real twist at the end, this well lighted and well photographed little gem is one you'll remember for quite a spell. Probably its finest feature is its editing - great" PSA Journal, Sept. 1964, 51.
"A boy and his dog - the love, companionship and understanding between these two develop a deep bond. When the bond is broken, it is as though a part of life is gone. The fruitless search, the unanswered prayers take the spark out of a lively little boy. Even an appealing puppy substitute does not fill the gap for him, but does compensate a heartbroken little girl who has to give up the dog she has "found" and returned to his delight master" PSA Journal, Oct. 1963, 39.
"Humphrey, a loveable dog built low to the ground and with big ears. He does for a playful run in the park. He flushes out a cup and this releases the genie who extends three wishes to Humphrey. Our "fido" wishes himself into the form of man. But in the actions that follow, he is still Humphrey. In the end genie returns Humphrey to h is conventional self and there is a captivating happiness in again being a dog" PSA Journal, Nov. 1960, 40.
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