31 July 2012 | wes-connors
Home Is Where the Dog Is
Small-town Lawtonville, Illinois teenager Ted Donaldson (as Daniel "Danny" Mitchell) is surprised to learn grandfatherly counselor Thurston Hall (as Franklyn "Frank" A. Gibson) plans altering his will to include young Donaldson and his club-house gang. The old gentleman, who appeared in "The Son of Rusty" (1947), expires before filing his last will and testament with Donaldson's attorney dad John Litel (as Hugh Mitchell), however. Now, Mr. Hall's only living relative arrives from Chicago and wants to throw the boys off the property. Even worse, snobbish Stephen Dunne (as Fred Gibson) doesn't like dogs...
Everyone is in for a surprise when Hall's surviving will is read. The beloved benefactor requires Mr. Dunne to live in Lawtonville for a year and continue Sunday dinner meetings with Donaldson, brother pals Dwayne Hickman and David Ackles (as David "Nip" and Roger Tuck" Worden), patriotic Ronnie Ralph (as Jerome Hebble) and sniffling Robert Scott (as Albert "Squeaky" Foley). Dunne barks up the wrong tree by kicking "Rusty" out of the house and treating the boys badly. Hall's brief appearance is memorable, his servant Rudy Robles (as Gono) does well, and Gloria Henry is a beautiful love interest.
****** Rusty Saves a Life (2/3/49) Seymour Friedman ~ Ted Donaldson, Stephen Dunne, John Litel, Rudy Robles