A Boy and His Dog (1946 film)

A Boy and His Dog is a 1946 American Technicolor short drama film directed by LeRoy Prinz. It won an Oscar at the 19th Academy Awards in 1947 for Best Short Subject (Two-Reel).[1][2]

A Boy and His Dog
Directed byLeRoy Prinz
Produced byGordon Hollingshead
Screenplay bySaul Elkins
Based onoriginal story by
Samuel A. Derieux
StarringHarry Davenport
Billy Sheffield
Dorothy Adams
Music byWilliam Lava
CinematographyCharles Boyle, A.S.C.
Edited byMarshall Eyanson
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Release date
  • December 26, 1946 (1946-12-26)
Running time
21 minutes
CountryUnited States

Short-story author Samuel A. Derieux, who died twenty-four years earlier in 1922, received story credit for the film, suggesting to some the expectation that he wrote a work with the title "A Boy and His Dog".[3] However, a plot summary for the film, attributed to David Glagovsky,[4] closely parallels Derieux's short story "The Trial in Tom Belcher's Store", suggesting the film-makers drew on the published (and once celebrated)[5] story, but gave the film a title Derieux need not ever have considered.




  1. "New York Times: A Boy and His Dog". NY Times. Archived from the original on May 29, 2009. Retrieved May 18, 2008.
  2. "The 19th Academy Awards (1947) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  3. "Samuel Arthur Derieux ... was the author of: ... Comet (1921), A Boy and His Dog (? )..." "Frank of Freedom Hill (Dodo Press) -- Paperback", "Editorial Reviews", on Amazon.Com
  4. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038379/plotsummary "Plot Summary for A Boy and His Dog (1946)" at IMDb
  5. "The Trial in Tom Belcher's Store" pp. 214-231, O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1919
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