"Shadow's Bones is all about Frank E. Gunnell's cocker spaniel, Shadow, and his annoying habit, common to most dogs, of leaving bones in all manner of places, where bones should not be, such as bath tubs, magazine racks, beds and other localities which are not really canine cupboards. With brilliantly accomplished black and white 16mm. cinematography, Mr. and Mrs. Gunnell, as cameraman and "support" for the chief actor, Shadow, have done what is still too rare in home movies — they have found the humor of home life, and of themselves as a part of it. The plan of this tale is simple, direct and is provided with a genial finish. The direction and acting, especially in persuading the recently acquired household pet to go through his part of the performance with naturalness and zest, are excellent. This sets a new mark in interest that can be given to family records, and the interior lighting is beyond criticism." Movie Makers, Dec. 1938, 620.
"Film is about sheep dog trials featuring sheep, dogs and people watching" Archives of Ontario.
"This was a sequel to his last year's picture 'Mischief.' It has the same characters, the dog, cat and bird with an addition to the dog and cat family." American Cinematographer, Feb. 1936, 73.
"A film of the family's pet K9 with its characteristic activities set to alphabetical prose with a pleasing pulse. Those who see the film will just love Suzy and the narrator, too" PSA Journal, Nov. 1959, 49.
"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.
"Era una película muy sencilla, filmada al estilo de cine directo, que seguía los pasos y la vida de un personaje urbano singular: un hombre que acompañado de su perro recorre las calles de la ciudad, las barriadas miserables. La cinta lograba momentos de una gran intimidad al mostrar la vida de este paria solitario y marginal, como aquel en que comparte con su perro un pastel para celebrar su cumpleaños en la soledad de su cuarto" (Vázquez Mantecón, 2012)
"It was a very simple film, made in the style of direct cinema, that followed the steps and the life of a singular urban character: a man that in the company of his dog walks through the city streets, the miserable neighborhoods. The film achieved moments of great intimacy by showing the life of this lonely and marginal pariah, like the moment when he shares a cake with his dog to celebrate his birthday in the loneliness of his room" (Vázquez Mantecón, 2012)
"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.
"The Yamamoto picture was a record of a hike over the hills and the countryside with a dog." American Cinematographer, Feb. 1937, 73.
"Young Fella is a teaching film; it is also a family film. Again Walter Bergmann presents his charming household and shows the devotion of its members for pets. This time it is a young cocker spaniel that is the star. Subtitles on the proper care of dogs point up the scenes which demonstrate the advice given, as to feeding, bathing, playing and proper use of a run. Young Fella is an appealing pup and a willing actor, but the Bergmann cats steal some of the scenes in typical fashion." Movie Makers, Dec. 1948, 496.
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