As I was walking my dogs this morning, a woman stopped her car next to me to remark how beautiful they were. Then she told me she had seen a movie with Wallace Beery maybe 40 years ago with basenjis in it - they were hunting dogs (naturally). She has wanted one ever since she saw that movie. I had never heard of any basenjis in movies, and wonder if any of you out there have heard of this movie - she could not remember the title. I know there are archives out there with old movies, but I have not been able to find what she was talking about. . . it would be great to find it and get a DVD - I know they are making DVD's of lots of the really old films these days.
Thanks for your replies - I went to Amazon.com and they do have Goodbye My Lady on VHS - the star is Walter Brennan - sounds like a lovely story and I may just get it! There are some books with Basenjis on that site too - August Magic struck my eyes, and I think I'll order that as well. When I see that lady again I'll ask her if perhaps Goodby My Lady is what she was referring to.
My love of the Congo from Goodbye My Lady is in Sally's site as well. Found her way back in my Kate's line.
If you haven't been to Sally's site…. http://www.pedigrees.zandebasenjis.com/
If you will give Sally your dogs info, post here…http://www.basenjiforums.com/showthread.php?t=6597&highlight=sally%27s+site
I LOVE this site!! (Sorry I went OT)
I know of one movie with a Basenji. It was called "Goodbye My Lady" I think, the time period would have been right. I do not know the star.
I just watched the movie Goodbye my Lady a few days ago, the older man was Walter Brennen and do not know the boy's name. That Basenji girl was a very good actress! Wonder how long it took to find a Basenji that would take instruction and commands? For instance to have her 'point' at the birds in a 'play bow' and stay like that to get it on film!!! If anyone never saw this movie, it is very worth while to watch and the book is a good read too!!!
The boy was played by Brandon deWilde. Several Basenjis were used in the lead role, the main "star" being "MY LADY OF THE CONGO" bred by Veronica Tudor-Williams of Molesey, England. Lots more information here: http://www.apubasenjis.com/Good-Bye%20My%20Lady_a.pdf
wow, thanks for the link! that was heartwarming! I was so pleased to find out that Brandon was eventually the owner, the bond is obvious in the movie. when the boy leaves behind the door, the tree where she was tied, and in that last scene where she scrapes at the kennel door in the truck!!! and of course when she is on his shoulders!!!! loved it!!!