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Little Orvie (1940)

Little Orvie is told he cannot have a dog, but finds a stray and keeps it for a day.


Ray McCarey




Cast overview:
Johnny Sheffield ... Orvie 'Orvie' Stone (as John Sheffield)
Ernest Truex ... Frank Stone
Dorothy Tree ... Clara Stone
Ann E. Todd ... Patsy Balliser (as Ann Todd)
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Welty
Daisy Lee Mothershed Daisy Lee Mothershed ... Corbina
Fay Helm ... Mrs. Balliser
Virginia Brissac ... Mrs. Green
Paul E. Burns ... Angelo, Grocer
Dell Henderson ... Mr. Brown
Fern Emmett ... Mrs. Jackson
Edgar Dearing ... Policeman
Ray Turner ... Jefferson


Little Orvie is told he cannot have a dog, but finds a stray and keeps it for a day.

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Plot Keywords:

dog | based on novel | See All (2) »


From the Amazing Pen of BOOTH TARKINGTON See more »


Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

12 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El diablillo sentimental See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Family film...innocuous and yet with something to offend everybody
18 March 2012 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Suburban youngster schemes to keep a stray hound. Silly adaptation of a Booth Tarkington novel was probably a decent-enough matinée item for 1940, but time has not been kind to the picture, what with a mother who acts like a cold-hearted villainess and both black and Italian caricatures so over-the-top they are positively gruesome. John Sheffield (née Johnny), Boy from the "Tarzan" flicks, has more lines here than he ever spoke on film before; he's a cute, if somewhat inexpressive and monotone youngster, but Ernest Truex and Dorothy Tree are totally inappropriate as his parents. Truex looks like Sheffield's grandfather and Tree's father, while Dorothy snaps at and orders everyone around like an R.K.O. version of Joan Crawford. There's some funny slapstick business at the beginning, and the pathos near the finish are carried off well (thanks to Sheffield), however the subplot involving a cook and a tippling gardener is excruciating. *1/2 from ****

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