Moviegoers know of Lassie, Old Yeller, Toto, Asta in the original ThinMan series, and Einstein in Back to the Future, (1985),but few know of the people behind the paws in films such as The Wizardof Oz (1939), Lassie Come Home (1943), TheThing (1951), Lassie television series (1954-1973), Hondo (1953), OldYeller (1957), and Big Jake (1971).
From kennels to klieg lights, legendary dog trainer Bob Weatherwaxpays tribute to Rudd Weatherwax, his father and the man whose genius guidedsome of the most beloved animal icons in motion picture history. This is their Hollywood inside storythat no one could have ever imagined.
Theywere themost successful film dog trainers of all time, and they faced personal tragedyand fear of failure and loss, yet they survived to tell the tale of tails.Through humor and heartbreak, some of the most famous dogs on the silver screenowe their careers to an ordinary man rising to extraordinary fame and success.Against backdrops from the silent film era to the present, their story unfolds witha roster of characters that would make any casting director envious, includingJohn Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor, Steven Spielberg, Vincent Price, Louie Armstrong,Richard Kiel, John Carpenter, Emmett Kelly, Lady Bird Johnson, Johnny Carson,Will Estes, Jon Provost, Tommy Rettig, June Lockhart, Mary Pickford, MichaelLandon, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Lorne Michaels, Jesse Owens, John Ritter,Fred Wilcox, and Roddy McDowall.
Illustrated. Filmography. Index.
Aboutthe authors: Robert W. Weatherwax has won several PATSY awards and a Genesisaward for directing.
Actor and producer Richard Lester’s animal documentary, TheWeatherwax Legacy, earned an Honorable Mention from the Los Angeles MovieAwards. He is also the author of Hollywood Legend: The Johnny DuncanStory; A Wish Beyond the Stars; Flight of the Blue Heron; Feldpost Letters- Lifeline in a Time of War (Vol. 1 and 2).
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