5 February 2014 | boblipton
It's a Dog's Life
After Felix Valle helps rescue next door neighbor Dorothy Devore's dog from the over-zealous dog catcher, she agrees to help him get a raise in salary by pretending to be his wife. Meanwhile, her jealous husband is bringing home Felix' boss for a deal...
Well, you can see where this one is going, so the question, as with all stories, is how interesting is it going through the plot? There are two things to consider: one is that the Christie short subjects in this period were cut-glass farces, exercises in comedy which were written for repertory rather than individuals. Mr. Valle could have been cast as his own boss or Miss Devore's husband and still have turned in a satisfactory performance.
On the other hand, it is beautifully constructed and the Christie gag construction, in which the set-up is followed by the payoff, and then on to the next set-up; and Miss Devore, one of the forgotten but great comediennes of the silent screen, does her usual excellent job. So, yes, this is very much worth your time.