The Smuggler's Dogs

The Smuggler's Dogs


Year: 1912

Plot: This is an exciting drama into which is introduced a realistic example of the use of dogs by smugglers on the Franco-German frontier. These sagacious animals are laden with little bags of tobacco, and let loose. Having been carefully trained they easily find their way home and stand a better chance of evading the vigilance of the customs officers than their masters. To catch these dogs the customs officers train other dogs who track them down. The film depicts the adventures of a young smuggler who is in love with, and beloved by the daughter of a sergeant in the Frontier Police. One evening he induces the foolish girl to leave her home and accompany him to the mountains. Night comes on and the shadows flit silently from tree to tree as the lovers journey through the forest; these are the dogs carrying their little bags of tobacco over the frontier. Following in their wake are the police dogs. All night long this grim pantomime goes on. The lovers hurry onward and the dogs seek to evade their relentless pursuers. Finally the lovers reach the smuggler's haunt and settle down to rest. Suddenly the harried dogs come rushing breathlessly in, followed by the police dogs. The smugglers, realizing that they are discovered, rush out to meet the police and a fearful fight follows. In the struggle the police sergeant accidentally shoots his daughter, who thus pays for her folly with her life.—Moving Picture World synopsis
Original Title: The Smuggler's Dogs
Type: movie
Year: 1912
Genres: Short, Drama
Countries: France
Languages: None
Color Info: Black and White
Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
Sound Mix: Silent
Original Air Date: 24 May 1912 (USA)
Production Companies: Lux Compagnie Cinématographique de France
Distributors: Lux Compagnie Cinématographique de France , Motion Picture Distributors and Sales Company