My Pal, Wolf

  • 1944
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Adventure

Rich Virginians Maricle and Edwards are much too busy to take care of their daughter, played by Moffett. They hire a strict British nanny (Esmond) to watch over their girl. Esmond's stern ways upset Moffett, but soon "Miss Pruneface" takes over the house and promptly gets her little charge out of dirty jeans and into a dress and hair ribbons. One day Moffett...read more

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Rich Virginians Maricle and Edwards are much too busy to take care of their daughter, played by Moffett. They hire a strict British nanny (Esmond) to watch over their girl. Esmond's stern ways upset Moffett, but soon "Miss Pruneface" takes over the house and promptly gets her little charge

out of dirty jeans and into a dress and hair ribbons. One day Moffett sees a German shepherd running near the estate. She follows it and falls into a well. The dog (whom she dubs "Wolf") runs for help and Moffett adopts him. Of course, Esmond is angered by the new addition to the household. The

dog and girl quickly become the best of friends, upsetting the rigidity that Esmond had instituted. But Esmond soon learns that the dog is a runaway Army canine and has Wolf sent back. Moffett runs away and hitchhikes to Washington, DC. There she wangles an audience with the secretary of war

(Fielding). She pleads her case, hoping to regain her beloved companion. However, Fielding explains that Wolf is needed to help win the war. Moffett understands and proudly returns home with a service star to hang in the window. Upon her return, Esmond is fired and Moffett's parents realize they

must spend more time with their daughter. An added surprise comes from Fielding, who sends the patriotic young lady a German Shepherd pup.

Though the plot sounds hackneyed, MY PAL, WOLF handles seemingly tired material with freshness and sensitivity. Moffett, RKO's answer to MGM's juvenile lead Margaret O`Brien, was absolutely natural in her role. Unaffected, the girl was a born actress with great warmth and appeal. She could have

easily run away with the picture had it been produced by lesser hands. But RKO wisely gave this film some intelligent production credits. The direction, focusing on the humanistic qualities of the script, never indulges in sticky sentimentality. Though there are a few cliches within, for the most

part, they are downplayed. The supporting cast is equally fine. O'Connor, who played the amiable and salty housemaid, was a veteran of Ireland's Abbey Theater. Her characterization is excellent and believable. As for Esmond, her mean-spirited nanny never stoops to stereotype. The film's biggest

weakness is found during the scene with Fielding. Being a WW II era film, the patriotic "We've all got to do our part" speech is a little overdone, with unnecessary comments about children being set ablaze in Europe. Otherwise, this is intelligent entertainment that's perfect for family

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