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Patsy Award Winning Terriers

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PATSY AWARD WINNERS 1960. Including Asta, the wire-haired fox terrier from the television adaptation of The Thin Man

From Time Magazine in 1968:

All the big names were there. Smoky, the drunken horse from Cat Ballou, Old Fooler, star of The Rounders, and currently seen under Burt Lancaster in The Scalphunters. Mr. Ed and Fury, once title horses in TV series bearing their names. Syn Cat, the cat who was That Darn Cat. Cousin Bessie, the chimp from The Beverly Hillbillies. Bruce, who was the ocelot in Honey West. Rhubarb, who gave that never-to-be-forgotten performance as the cat in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. And all the young stars of tomorrow: Willie the bear, soon to make his debut in a new TV series, The Land of Giants; Squirt, the handsome young cheetah, now co-starring in Sweet Charity with Shirley Mac-Laine; Tullia, a brand-new cat star at Universal; Rott, the dog who made a name for himself in The Flying Nun; Scruffy, another dog certainly destined for stardom next fall on NBC’s The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.The list goes on-60, all told. And all of them gathered last week on the grass at Universal City Studios for the 18th annual Patsy Awards.


Scruffy the wire-haired fox terrier in clips from The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

ASTA in The Thin Man


– The wire-haired terrier scene-stealer from The Thin Man (1934) and the first sequel, After the Thin Man (1936) belonged to a special effects technican at MGM and went by the name of Skippy.
– Skippy was trained by MGM property master Henry East who would not allow the film’s stars, Myrna Loy and William Powell, to play with the dog offscreen for fear it would ruin his concentration on camera.
– Skippy also made a memorable appearance as George, the trouble causing dog in Bringing Up Baby, alongside Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn.
– Compared to other canine actors in Hollywood that earned $3.50 a day, Skippy was the top breadwinner with a weekly salary of $250.00.
– – Henry East was joined by fellow trainers Rudd Weatherwax and Frank Inn in working with other Astas besides Skippy in the additional Thin Man features such as The Thin Man Goes Home (1945) and Song of the Thin Man (1947).

From Turner Classic Movies website


– Benji was a mixed breed dog (part schnauzer, part cocker spaniel, part poodle) who was found by trainer Frank Inn at the Burbank Animal Shelter in the early sixties.
– Benji’s real name was Higgins and he first appeared on the TV series “Petticoat Junction” in 1963 as the Bradley family’s pet.
– Higgins was almost 14 years old when “Petticoat Junction” went off the air in 1970 and his trainer decided it was time for him to retire. However, independent filmmaker Joe Camp visited Frank Inn at his dog training center, saw Higgins, and became convinced he would be ideal as the star of his new animal film, Benji (1974).
– Higgins was too old to star in the 1977 sequel, For the Love of Benji so his daughter Benjean was cast in the title role instead.
– Higgins won a PATSY Award for his work in “Petticoat Junction” in 1966 and was, at the time, the only other dog honoree besides Lassie.

From Turner Classic Movies Website




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June 2, 2008 at 7:24 am