June 4, 2012 |
Movies were in their infancy when British director Cecil Hepworth put his family's pet, a collie named Blair, in the 1905 thriller "Rescued by Rover. " Not only is Blair credited with being the first canine film star, but "Rescued by Rover" proved so popular that the film had to be reshot twice because the negatives wore out after so many prints were made. And so began a great love affair between movie audiences and dogs. Since Blair's screen debut, fans have fallen for the faith, devotion and sheer beauty of such four-legged superstars as Rin Tin Tin and the dogs who played Lassie Toto, Asta and Benji.
August 20, 2004 |
Wagging its tail and eager to please, "Benji Off the Leash!" traipses into theaters today nearly 210 dog years after the first Benji movie made the prodigal pooch a worldwide star. The little dog himself long ago passed into Hollywood heaven, but writer-director Joe Camp has turned the Benji brand into a canine cottage industry of feature films and TV specials. Unfortunately, the new film does not live up to the low-key charm of the original.
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July 29, 2002 |
Frank Inn, the trainer of some of Hollywood's best-known animal performers, including Benji the dog, has died. He was 86. In failing health for some time with diabetes, Inn died Saturday at a nursing home in Sylmar, his daughter Kathleen Hees said. Inn had fallen in February and had been in the nursing home since that time.
July 28, 1996 |
The Family Channel features a six-hour marathon of "Gidget" movies Sunday, each with a different actress in the title role. The films, for ages 7 and up, begin at 1 p.m. with Gidget Goes Hawaiian. This 1961 movie stars Deborah Walley as Gidget and James Darren as Jeff (Moondoggie) Matthews. Gidget is miserable when she has to leave Moondoggie to go with her family on a Hawaiian vacation, but she doesn't remain that way long.
May 29, 1994
Regarding "Less Fat: Popcorn or Milk Bones?" Summer Sneaks, May 15): I read Claudia Puig's article on dogs in Hollywood films and (sniff) feel so left out. JOE CAMP Mulberry Square Productions Gulfport, Miss. Camp is the creator of Benji and writer-director of the four Benji films.
March 11, 1994 |
When the newest "Lassie" movie reaches theaters this summer, Paramount Pictures won't be the only one with a chance to profit from the courageous hound. Pet stores and dog breeders can expect a surge in customers who simply must have a collie of their own. It's a common phenomenon. Beer commercials featuring Spuds MacKenzie made the American bull terrier popular overnight, industry experts say. After the 1990 film "Beethoven," St. Bernards became the rage.