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Banjo (film)

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Banjo (film)

Directed by Richard Fleischer
Starring Sharyn Moffett, Jacqueline White, Walter Reed, Lamy Rees, Louise Beavers
Release dates
  • May 15, 1947 (1947-05-15) (U.S.)[1]
Running time 68 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Banjo is a 1947 drama film directed by Richard Fleischer.


After her father dies, Patricia Warren, a girl of nine, has to go from her home in Georgia to live with her wealthy but vain and egotistic aunt Elizabeth Ames in Boston. Pat insists on bringing her beloved dog Banjo when she boards the train north. Since Pat doesn't want to leave her dog alone, she travels by Banjo's side in the baggage car, where she meets and befriends Bill, who works for the railroad.

When her aunt Elizabeth receives news of Pat's arrival, she has recently broken up her engagement to Dr. Bob Hartley, and is on her way to Bermuda. Elizabeth has to cancel her vacation to take care of her niece.

Elizabeth is not happy about Banjo accompanying the young girl, and forces the dog to stay outside of the house, despite Pat's protests. The aunt also has quite a few remarks about the girl's uncivilized behavior. A pen is built for Banjo in the garden, but even though the servant, Jeffries builds it's walls higher and higher, Banjo still manages to break out.

The second time Banjo breaks out he hurts his paw and Pat takes him to Dr. Bob for treatment. When the doctor finds out that Pat is related to Elizabeth, he tries to make the aunt relent on her niece, but without any luck. Pat finds out about the previous relationship between her aunt and the doctor, and decides to help her out.

Pat pretends to be ill and has to see the doctor on several occasions, and the doctor eagerly agrees to continue play her game. Pat's goal is to make her aunt happier so that Banjo can be accepted and let into the house.

Elizabeth goes easier on her "sick" niece and they come closer to each other and Bob. She even warms up enough to Banjo to let Pat walk it around in a leash. But then Pat and her newfound friends in the neighborhood borrows a shotgun to put Banjo's skills as a hunting dog to the test. They misfire, hitting a police car and Elizabeth decides that the dog has to be sent back to Georgia.

Pat is mortified by the decision, and runs away in the night and boards a train to Georgia to follow her dog. She arrives before Elizabeth and Bob arrives to take her back, and runs into the swamp to look for her favorite pet.

When a dangerous bobcat attacks Pat in the swamp, Banjo turns up and saves her. One of her previous servants, Jasper, turns up and shoots the bobcat before it can kill Banjo. Pat is reunited with Elizabeth and Dr. Bob, and is promised that Banjo can come with them all back to Boston.[2]


External links


  1. ^ "Banjo: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  2. ^
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