The Films of Petula Clark
The Gay Dog


Released 1954
Comedy - 87 minutes

SYNOPSIS:
Jim and Maggie Gay live with attractive daughter, Sally. The Gays own a greyhound, "Raving Beauty" and race him at the local dog-track. Jim works in a coal mine with his young friend Peter Nightingale, who is sweet on Sally (Petula). Sally becomes acquainted with Leslie Gowan, son of the local vicar, and a romance springs up between them. Add in a big dog race coming up at an out-of-town track where a mystery rival dog is entered, and you have it all. Romance... intrigue... a dog race... and Petula Clark singing. What more do you need!
--Richard Harries


CAST:
Wilfred Pickles ...........................
Petula Clark.............................
Megs Jenkins...........................
John Blythe.............................
Margaret Barton.......................
William Russell .......................
Cyril Raymond..........................
Harold Goodwin ....................


Jim Gay
Sally Gray
Maggie Gay
Peter Nightingale
Peggy Gowland
Leslie Gowland
Vicar
Bert Gay


FILM NOTES:
  • Black & White/Coronet Pictures, distributed by Eros
  • Filmed at Southall Studios, UK
  • Soundtrack - Petula sings "A Long Way to Go" which was written by Joe Henderson and Leslie Clark (Petula's father)


REVIEW EXCERPTS:
  •      WILFRED PICKLES repeats his stage success as Jim Gay in this delightful North Country comedy about the trials and tribulations of the owner of a racing greyhound. His comic deceptions in order to become a big-money winner form the basis of the story, whilst the winning of the heart of his pretty daughter Sally played by PETULA CLARK forms an engaging sub-plot. Able support is given by popular character actresss MEGS JENKINS, as Jim's long-suffering wife, Maggie.
         Quite often stage successes lose much in their translation to the screen; not so with this film. The laughs keep coming while the staging details and atmosphere are authentic. As with many films of this period, "The Gay Dog" has proved to be a fascinating record of life in England in a time that's a bygone world. Based on the hit play by Joseph H. Colton.
    Richard Harries

  • The pictures tends to repeat situations and drag in a few irrelevant asides, but for all its padding, it hands out a steady flow of laughs. Wilfred Pickles lives his part as the dog-dotty Jim. Megs Jenkins is a motherly Maggie, and Petula Clark pleases and sings a catchy number as Sally. The supporting cast also includes talented favourites. Staging, detail and atmosphere are as authentic as the types and give the whole a warm and happy glow.
    Kine Weekly - July 1954

  • This unimaginative film version of Wilfred Pickles' stage success has gained little from the transference, apart from the use of authentic locations which give an impression of realism. Wilfred Pickles presents an interesting character study of a hard-working miner, whilst retaining his customary mannerisms. Petula Clark gives a sensitive performance.
    Monthly Film Bulletin - July 1954

  • Pretty Petula Clark is as fresh as ever and gives a well-ironed performance. In Russell Enouch (who later changed his name to William Russell) she has a romantic partner with good looks, modest charm and considerable ability.
    Today's Cinema - June 23, 1954



Poster




BRITISH DOLL AND DOG
Actress and singer, PETULA CLARK, makes friends with a member of the supporting cast of a forthcoming London film. "Raving Beauty" is the name of the dog, and the film is to be called "The Gay Dog."