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Fala: The President's Dog (1943)

Light-hearted film about Franklin D. Roosevelt's dog Fala.


Buddy Adler (screenplay) (as E. Maurice Adler), Joe Ansen (screenplay) | 3 more credits »


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Credited cast:
Pete Smith ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)


Light-hearted film about Franklin D. Roosevelt's dog Fala.

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Short | Comedy







Release Date:

10 April 1943 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This short is included as an extra in the Warners DVD of Lassie Come Home (1943). See more »

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A Dog's Life
10 September 2006 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Fala was the famous Scotch Terrier owned by Franklin Delano Roosevelt during his last two presidential terms,, the cause of a bit of a controversy and a stern lesson to the Republicans that you can attack a man, but best leave his dog alone -- a lesson that Nixon learned well enough to use to advantage in his Checkers Speech.

Just so there's no misunderstanding, let me state I like dogs: big dogs, anything from an Irish wolfhound down to a corgi. I have no patience with small dogs, even though my sister likes terriers and her current dog is a Westy.

In any case, this short subject, giving the 'home front' story from the viewpoint of Fala is an amusing conceit, and it's given the usual MGM polish, even though everyone is a stand in. But the idea does not travel well past World War Two and dog lovers.... so it come out a little too precious for my taste.

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