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The Son of Rusty (1947)

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69 min | Drama, Family

In Lawtonville, the current foci for preteen Danny Mitchell and his friends, Squeaky Foley, Gerald Hebble, Nip Worden, and Tuck Worden, are to hang out in their clubhouse - an old shack in which they are squatting on the private property ...See moreIn Lawtonville, the current foci for preteen Danny Mitchell and his friends, Squeaky Foley, Gerald Hebble, Nip Worden, and Tuck Worden, are to hang out in their clubhouse - an old shack in which they are squatting on the private property of retired lawyer Franklyn B. Gibson - listening to the radio serial "Fang, the Detective Dog" while they work toward collecting enough Vitabark dog food box tops, the serial's sponsor, to get the book "How to Train Your Dog to Be a Detective" to train Danny's faithful German Shepard, Rusty. Rather thank kick them off his property or let them get away with being on his property without his permission, Mr. Gibson instead uses the opportunity to teach the boys some responsibility in their actions. The foci for the boys changes with the arrival into town of a reclusive young man who they will learn is named Jed Barlow, and his German Shepard, Barb. Seemingly, Barlow is sharecropping on the dilapidated and long empty Gruber farm. Barlow doesn't want to spend any time with his new neighbors, and when he is forced to, he has a surly demeanor. Based on circumstantial evidence, the boys believe he is an ex-GI who spent time in military prison, a story which gets spread and expanded upon throughout the town, with Gerald's older brother, Luther Hebble, the chief rumor-mongerer. Luther believes he has the moral right also as an ex-GI, but one who never saw battle, never having made it any further than Chicago and never being promoted beyond the rank of Private. Luther blames the world for his current unemployment rather than his own sloth. But in Rusty and Barb's friendship - dogs who will be dogs - Danny gets to see another side of Mr. Barlow. Mr. Gibson, with a little help from Danny's father, city counselor Hugh Mitchell, may be able to give Danny, the boys, Luther and the narrow minded townsfolk a further lesson in the consequences of hurtful actions, this specific action being the gossip. Written by Huggo See less
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Malcolm Stuart Boylan (original screenplay) | Al Martin (based on characters by)
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Updated Aug 7, 1947

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Aug 7, 1947 (United States)

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33 cast members
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Ted Donaldson
Danny Mitchell Danny Mitchell   See fewer
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Stephen Dunne
Jed Barlow Jed Barlow   See fewer
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Tom Powers
Hugh Mitchell Hugh Mitchell   See fewer
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Ann Doran
Ethel Mitchell Ethel Mitchell   See fewer
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Thurston Hall
Franklyn B. Gibson Franklyn B. Gibson   See fewer
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Matt Willis
Luther Hebble Luther Hebble   See fewer
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Rusty
Rusty Rusty   See fewer
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David Ackles
Tuck Worden (uncredited) Tuck Worden (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ernie Adams
Postmaster (uncredited) Postmaster (uncredited)   See fewer
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Griff Barnett
Judge (uncredited) Judge (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harlan Briggs
Dr. McNamara (uncredited) Dr. McNamara (uncredited)   See fewer
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Chester Conklin
Bakery Clerk (uncredited) Bakery Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Heinie Conklin
Townsman (uncredited) Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lew Davis
Bored Townsman at Speech (uncredited) Bored Townsman at Speech (uncredited)   See fewer
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Minta Durfee
Townswoman (uncredited) Townswoman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dick Elliott
Mayor (uncredited) Mayor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edythe Elliott
Mrs. Hebble (uncredited) Mrs. Hebble (uncredited)   See fewer
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Chuck Hamilton
Jailer (uncredited) Jailer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dwayne Hickman
Nip Worden (uncredited) Nip Worden (uncredited)   See fewer
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Teddy Infuhr
Squeaky Foley (uncredited) Squeaky Foley (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tiny Jones
Townswoman (uncredited) Townswoman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kenneth MacDonald
Police Chief (uncredited) Police Chief (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mickey McGuire
Gerald Hebble (uncredited) Gerald Hebble (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank O'Connor
Townsman (uncredited) Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Norman Ollestad
Sammy (uncredited) Sammy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edward Peil Sr.
Townsman (uncredited) Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Fred F. Sears
E.A. Thompson (uncredited) E.A. Thompson (uncredited)   See fewer
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Walter Soderling
Mr. Carpenter (uncredited) Mr. Carpenter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Arthur Tovey
Townsman (uncredited) Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Victor Travis
Townsman (uncredited) Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ralph Volkie
Truck Driver (uncredited) Truck Driver (uncredited)   See fewer
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Blackie Whiteford
Gossiper (uncredited) Gossiper (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.5 / 10 | 99 votes