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Kelly and Me (1956)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 28 May 1957 (Algeria)
A failed vaudevillean finds a trained dog, who helps him succeed in early talking films.

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

Everett Freeman (story), Everett Freeman (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Van Johnson ... Len Carmody
Piper Laurie ... Mina Van Runkel
Martha Hyer ... Lucy Castle
Onslow Stevens ... Walter Van Runkel
Herbert Anderson ... Ben Collins
Douglas Fowley ... Dave Gans
Frank Wilcox ... George Halderman
Dan Riss ... Stu Baker
Maurice Manson Maurice Manson ... Mr. Johnson
Gregory Gaye ... Milo (as Gregory Gay)
Yvonne Peattie Yvonne Peattie ... Miss Boyle
Elizabeth Flournoy Elizabeth Flournoy ... Miss Wilk
Lyle Latell Lyle Latell ... Joe Webb
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Storyline

Flop vaudeville performer Len Carmody is adopted by Kelly, a trained dog abandoned by Malo's dog act. When Kelly joins Len's ho-hum song and dance, a popular comedy act is born. On the train, Len meets young Mina Van Runkel, daughter of a movie producer in desperate need of new talent (it's 1930). Successful in making "dog pictures," can Len stand being second banana to Kelly? Complications: a pallid romantic triangle...and the reappearance of Kelly's original owner. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Open your heart to the wonderful adventure of a guy, a gal and a dog! (original half-sheet poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1957 (Algeria) See more »

Also Known As:

Kelly e Eu See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Final film of director Robert Z. Leonard. NOTE: Director, screenwriter and occasional producer Leonard (nicknamed Pop) started his film career as an actor in Damon and Pythias (1908). Ultimately his directing style would become identified with the golden age of MGM. He began with MGM's predecessor, Metro Pictures, directing and writing Peacock Alley (1922), and finished his stint there with MGM's The King's Thief (1955) (as director only). For his career finale at Universal, he once more guided Van Johnson. Previously, the director and leading man had teamed five times at MGM: Week-End at the Waldorf (1945), In the Good Old Summertime (1949), Duchess of Idaho (1950), Grounds for Marriage (1951) and Too Young to Kiss (1951). See more »

Soundtracks

SINGING A VAGABOND SONG
Written by Val Burton, Harry Richman, and Sam Messenheimer (1930)
Sung by Van Johnson
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A story of a dog and his man
17 June 2001 | by jcholguinSee all my reviews

Len Carmody "Van Johnson" is a wannabe stage actor telling jokes that not are funny, dancing and singing. Kelly is a stage show dog that is always being "hit" by his so-called master. Carmody befriends the dog not knowing that Kelly has decided to adopt him as his master. Kelly and Carmody develop routines for the shows which always features Kelly dancing when his paws are on Carmody's shoulders. A producer of early talking hollywood movies decides that Kelly would be a hit but that they must also bring along Carmody because Kelly will not work without him. Carmody's pride leads him to believe that he is the star of the movies and not a dog. Carmody has a showdown with Kelly.

In this film, Kelly also is the star but Van Johnson is wonderful as the overbearing egotist. The final scenes as Carmody realizes just how much Kelly loves him and he the dog is very touching. If you love dogs then you will always remember this gem.


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