Every Dog Has Its Day in Silent Films

Silent movies are full of wonderful cats but there are also quite a few amazing dogs. (Just don’t tell the cats. On second thought, it doesn’t matter, they won’t believe you anyway.)

I’ve been in a dog state of mind lately because I am in the process of adopting this little scamp:

California law requires dogs to be spayed or neutered by the shelter or rescue group before they can be released so I am just waiting for his surgery to be completed before I can bring him home. He’s a little swashbuckler with plenty of pep and a sweet, gentlemanly manner. I’m calling him Douglas Fairbanks.

But on to the GIFs!

We’ll start with a toy dog, a prop that Clara Bow makes the most of in IT. Ooo, you naughty puppy!

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One of my personal favorites, Blair from Rescued by Rover, one of the very first dog stars in the movies. Awwww!

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Charles Ray hugs a very polite collie in The Pinch Hitter. “I was going for more of a shake but… incoming hug! Incoming hug!”

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The dogs of Coronado photobomb Rudolph Valentino and Vera Sisson in The Married Virgin. Well, who am I to deny puppies a little fun?

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16 Replies to “Every Dog Has Its Day in Silent Films”

  1. Dougie looks very cute..if I can call him that and I am so glad to hear about those rules. I just don’t understand why everyone doesn’t get their animals neutered. Love dogs so any dog movie or a dog in a film is great…love Clara Bow’s style with that pup:)

    1. Yes, it’s a really good idea. It kind of stinks for me because all my animals are fixed and I absolutely would have fixed Douglas too but I understand that it’s more important to make certain that the procedure is performed. I believe California has one of the stricter laws. (Other states allow for a promise to neuter and a deposit.)

  2. My rescue beagle June Mathis Craig and I send our congratulations. As they say, “Dogs are not our whole lives but they make our lives whole.”

  3. Hurrah for Blair, famed Wonder Dog of Rescued by Rover. Definitely have always had a soft spot for him!

    And here’s hoping Douglas will swash his way into his forever home very soon. It’s so hard to wait for them, isn’t it. Hang in there 🙂

  4. Congratulations on the new addition! There are too many times where I’d rather spend my day dealing with doggies instead of humans… To make this silent film related, don’t forget The Burning Crucible and the instant basket of puppies! An innovation that would be welcome in any home, not to mention a great movie. I’m a firm believer that Ivan Mosjoukine’s eyebrows should have their own IMDB entry. The looks on that guy’s face really crack me up sometimes.

  5. Little Douglas, your ‘scamp,’ does look like Scamp in the comic strip (son of Lady and the Tramp.) Good luck to you both!

  6. Aw, Douglas is so cute! My cat Buster Keaton says hi!

    This post reminds me of when I watched The Return of Boston Blackie, which is one of those movies that suffers from what I call the Lassie Syndrome – the dog in the film is ten times smarter than any of the humans.

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