Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Tuesday's Overlooked Movies: The 12 Dogs of Christmas

(A rerun is the best I can do this year. This post originally appeared in somewhat different form on December 26, 2009.)

This Christmas movie is set in 1931 and is about a girl from Pittsburgh whose father has to send her to live with her “aunt” (really an old girlfriend) in a small town that has a local ordinance against dogs. Naturally the girl winds up with an adorable dog and makes friends with a family that provides a “dog orphanage” just outside the town limits. The mayor’s brother is the dogcatcher and rides around in a motorcycle sidecar while his assistant drives the motorcycle. There’s a lot of mild danger and adventure and plenty of cute little kids and dogs.

This is a family-friendly movie, very sweet and heart-warming and inspirational, but the Depression-era setting is portrayed in an appropriately dark and gritty manner. The cast, all of whom were unfamiliar to me except for character actors John Billingsley and Richard Riehle, does a good job, and the period detail is good with one exception: I don’t think the football term “Hail Mary pass” had been coined in 1931. That’s a pretty minor quibble, though. Overall, this is a mild but enjoyable film and worth watching if you're looking for a Christmas movie you might not have seen.


Anonymous said...

I would rather slit my throat than watch this. Sorry.

Peter Collinson said...

Is that you, Steve?

Don't be sorry for not wanting to watch this movie.
Be sorry for leaving such a rude message after our host's friendly Holiday post.

Cap'n Bob said...

The Hail Mary pass got its name when Roger Staubach threw a long bomb at the end of a game and later said he just flung it up and said a Hail Mary when he released it. This was well after 1931.