|Boys, dogs generate both joy & tears|
|Wednesday, February 2, 2011|
Dear Ken: My family and I are big fans of the movie “My Dog Skip.” We were wondering what other good boy-and-his-dog movies are out there.
There are several classic films on this theme, and “My Dog Skip” is near the top of the list. I’m most partial to “Good-bye, My Lady,” a 1956 release starring Walter Brennan, Phil Harris, Sidney Poitier and Brandon de Wilde. De Wilde, who co-starred as the boy in the western “Shane,” portrays an orphan coming of age who lives in a Georgia swamp with his uncle. He finds a strange breed of dog who laughs, a Basenji, that becomes his pride and joy. Just know that when a boy becomes a man, it’s a sad, glad thing. Warner Home Video has recently released “Good-bye, My Lady” on DVD. Other excellent movies about boys and dogs include: “Old Yeller” (1957), “The Biscuit Eater” (1940), “Lassie Come Home” (1943), “Skippy” (1931), “Where the Red Fern Grows” (1974) and “Dog of Flanders” (1960).
Dear Ken: Where was Natalie Portman, who played Queen Amidala in “Star Wars: Episode I-The Phantom Menace,” born? How old is she?
Dear Ken: I saw the movie “The Devil and Daniel Webster” recently and one of the stars was a good-looking actor named James Craig. He reminded me a little of Clark Gable. What else was Craig in?
Dear Ken: What is Bobby McFerrin, the voice behind the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” up to these days?