If you like comedy parodies (maybe of 1920 films), chances are you will like these 9 short black and white comedy films produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer between 1929 & 1931, directed by Zion Myers, conceived and co-directed by Jules White nicknamed “barkies”.
Instead of human characters, trained dogs of various breeds were cast in the comedies wearing human clothes doing human things (spoofing both the noble and naughty behaviors of people.) The dogs' dialogue in these early sound films was dubbed by actors and voice artists. A classic nonetheless.
Movies like these aren’t made today possibly due to the controversial methods employed back then (hey, back then they didn’t have animation or CGI). If you look closely, you can see that the animal actors were probably strung like puppets in some scenes to sit at the table. Though I found it funny at first but after about 30 minutes into it I couldn’t bear to watch anymore; perhaps it was the dry humour of the 1920s that put me off, or the ‘stiff movements’ depicted by the dog actors. However, I do have to give it to Zion & Jules for coming up with something like this in the 20’s. If you do watch it, let me know what you think.
Watch this digitally restored feature clip from Warner Brothers’ Archive Collection:
Sample Dogville Comedies on “Hot Dog“, “College Hounds“, “So Quiet on the Canine Front“, “Who Killed Rover? (The Dogville Murder Case)“, “The Big Dog House“, “The Dogway Melody”, “Love-Tails of Morocco”, “Two Barks Brothers”, “Trader Hound” on this site.
Or you can rent it at The Film Club Sydney (located in Darlinghurst).