Movie Review: Lady and the Tramp

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Lady and the Tramp Summary

  Released on June 22nd, 1955, this film is based on the book Happy Dan, The whistling Dog by Ward Greene. The story begins on Christmas morning with Jim Dear (Lee Millar) giving his wife Darling (Peggy Lee) an American cocker spaniel named Lady (Barbara Luddy). Six months later the Dear family is about to introduce a baby into the family, which changes things for Lady. With the help of her two friends, Jock (Bill Thompson) and Trusty (Bill Baucom) try to explain how the dynamics will change. That’s when Tramp (Larry Roberts) walks by and meets the trio.

           Eventually, the baby arrives but Jim and Darling need to leave for a trip so Aunt Sarah (Verna Fenton) and her two cats Si and Am (Peggy Lee) come to take care of the house and baby. Instead, they wreak havoc and Lady runs away.

           Tramp rescues her and takes her around, having a candlelight dinner at Tony’s. Lady falls in love with Tramp but must return home to watch over the baby. Tramp walks her home but on the way, Tramp stops to chase chickens. While Tramp is distracted, Lady is captured by the dog catcher and brought to the pound where she meets Peg (Peggy Lee) and Bull (Bill Thompson) who reveal Tramp’s past. Eventually, Aunt Sarah claims her but only to bring her home to be chained in the backyard.

          Jock and Trusty come to visit Lady, whose heart was broken by Tramp’s past and failed rescue. Tramp comes to apologize but Lady throws him out with an earful. Soon after Lady sees a rat getting into the baby’s room so she starts barking. Tramp comes to the rescue, killing the rat but knocking over the crib in the process. Lady gets loose and comes to help, waking Aunt Sarah who locks both the dogs up she can call the pound.

            The dog catcher arrives to take Tramp away, just as Jim and Darling return. Lady leads Jim to the rat, while Trusty and Jock chase the dog catching wagon. They scare the horses, causing an accident. Meanwhile, Jim takes a taxi with Lady to reunite with Tramp but finds a motionless Trusty under the wheel.

        Fast forward to Christmas, Tramp was adopted into the family and had puppies with Lady. It ends with Jock and Trusty, who has a broken leg, visiting the family

Lady and the Tramp Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Lady and the Tramp the film is not my favorite but I do love Tramp, and Lady. It’s a good film for kids and parents to hold attention. It also covers how animal shelters used to, or well mostly used to, operate. It’s a great film to talk about much it takes and costs to have a pet, especially a dog or cat. And it’s a great film to begin having the conversation of helping others before volunteering at your local animal shelter. If you follow me on Facebook, you will see that we do this pretty often but my son takes the initiative to help animals. That being said, Lady, Tramp, Peg and Jock are not only seen in this film but pop up as Easter eggs in 101 Dalmatians, Bolt and Oliver and Company.

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