Adventures of Rusty

The Adventures of Rusty is a 1945 drama film, the first in the "Rusty" series of children's films. The series of eight films were made in the 1940s by Columbia Pictures with stories centered on Rusty a German shepherd dog. The film is notable for featuring the famous Ace the Wonder Dog as Rusty, the only appearance by Ace in the Rusty films. It was directed by Paul Burnford.

Adventures of Rusty
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Directed byPaul Burnford
Produced byRudolph C. Flothow
Written byAl Martin
Screenplay byAubrey Wisberg
StarringTed Donaldson
Margaret Lindsay
Conrad Nagel
Music byMarlin Skiles
CinematographyL. William O'Connell
Edited byReginald Browne
Larry Darmour Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • September 6, 1945 (1945-09-06)
Running time
67 min
CountryUnited States


Danny Mitchell (Ted Donaldson), a young boy in the American town of Lawtonville, is grieving over the loss of his dog. He is also struggling to adjust to his new stepmother, Ann (Margaret Lindsay), and has a difficult relationship with his father (Conrad Nagel) - causing him to call on Dr. Banning, a psychiatrist (Addison Richards) for assistance. However, Danny befriends Rusty, a ferocious German shepherd who was brought to the United States from Germany during World War II. Having worked a police dog for the Gestapo, however, Rusty is ill-tempered and Danny struggles to train him.

A subplot involves two Nazi saboteurs (Arno Frey and Eddie Parker) who arrive in Lawtonville, attempting to evade the Coast Guard and blow up an installation. They ultimately try to take Rusty by speaking to him in German.


Cast notes

The dog portraying Rusty would change over the course of the series, with Flame having the most appearances as the character. Danny's parents would also be portrayed by different actors in almost every installment.

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