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The Dogway Melody[1]
American comedy, talking animal

"Dogville shorts" are a series of gimmicky films, which featured trained dogs in satires of recent Hollywood films like The Dogway Melody and All Quiet on the Canine Front. They were directed by Jules White and Zion Myers who had moved to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1930.

From 1929 to 1931, the MGM motion picture studio produced a series of short comedy films called All Barkie Dogville Comedies. The actors in these films were trained dogs, dressed up to parody the performers in contemporary films. The dogs' dialogue in these early sound films was dubbed by actors and voice artists including Pete Smith.

The films were directed by Zion Myers and conceived and co-directed by Jules White. Both Myers and White later worked on The Three Stooges comedies.

The series is somewhat controversial due to methods alleged to have been used to get the dogs to pose and to appear to "talk".

White and Myers also co-directed the Buster Keaton feature Sidewalks of New York, and launched a series of "Goofy Movies," one-reel parodies of silent-era melodramas.


Series titles


  • Hot Dog
  • College Hounds


  • All Quiet on the Canine Front
  • The Dogville Murder Case
  • The Big Dog House
  • The Dogway Melody
  • Who Killed Rover?


  • Love Talks Of Morocco
  • Two Barks Brothers
  • Trader Hound

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