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Friend Indeed (1937)

Pete Smith tells the story of 'Sparky', a German shepherd dog trained to lead his blind master, a country doctor who lost his sight in a fire, and now has to depend upon the dog to lead him... See full summary »

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writer:

Barney Gerard (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Pete Smith ... Narrator
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Mary Gordon ... Housekeeper
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Pete Smith tells the story of 'Sparky', a German shepherd dog trained to lead his blind master, a country doctor who lost his sight in a fire, and now has to depend upon the dog to lead him in his daily rounds. 'Sparky" was the dog who was responsible for the Interstate Commerce Commission passing a special ruling allowing guide-dogs to travel first-class in Pullman cars to accompany their blind partner, and not as animals confined to the baggage car. Smith shows how 'Sparky' went to Washington D. C. with his master and helped sell the change to the legislators. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Short | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pete Smith Speciality: Friend Indeed See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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MGM production number 2515. See more »

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Good Friend
11 November 2014 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This piece of Pete Smith fluff, an early directorial effort for Fred Zinneman, is certainly engaging, with a fine pantomime performance by John Ince and the usual engaging narration by Pete, without his usual mordant snarkery.

The dog who plays "Sparky" is a handsome animal with a good number of engaging tricks, but despite the speculation of the other reviewer, the German Shepherd is not a trained guide dog. Such dogs are trained to always be on duty in public and would not go frisking in a Congressional subcommittee hearing unless permitted. It makes a cute story, though.

Remember that when dealing with someone with a guide dog: don't pet the animal without permission. It distracts them from their very real work.


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