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Puppies for Sale (1998)

A boy enters a pet shop intending to buy a dog with a hip problem. The shop owner tries to convince him not to but the boy has other ideas.


Ron Krauss


Daniel M. Clark (based on a short story by), Ron Krauss | 1 more credit »
7 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Jack Lemmon ... Pet Shop Owner
Jesse James ... Boy


It's a busy day along the city sidewalks as an elderly pet-shop owner hangs a sign, "Puppies For Sale." Later, he's in his back room when he hears the shop bell jingle signaling a customer has entered. It's a lad in a baseball cap inquiring about the puppies. Four puppies bound in behind their mom, followed by a lagging fifth one with a congenital hip problem. That's the puppy the boy chooses, and he puts some crumpled bills and loose coins on the counter as a down payment. The man tries to dissuade the boy from taking the imperfect pup, but the lad insists and gets down on the floor to play with his new pet. The owner gets a surprise - and a lesson.

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Short | Family



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Release Date:

5 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Valpar till salu See more »


Box Office


$3,500 (estimated)
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Aron Productions See more »
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The Puppies used in this film were of the Shiba Inu breed. See more »

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Simple and sublime
22 March 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One has to wonder why so late in his career Hollywood legend Jack Lemmon decided to star in an 8 minute short subject. My guess he fell in love with the sublime and simple message of the story.

Young Jesse James comes into Jack Lemmon's store wanting to buy a puppy and Lemmon shows him what he's got for sale. The boy insists on buying a crippled one that Lemmon explains was born without a hip socket so he has restricted motion. The boy insists that is the one he wants. As he leaves the store Lemmon sees why.

No doubt other than fate taking a hand with bringing Jesse James to the pet shop that animal would have been destroyed. But a kid with some special needs felt a dog with the same would be perfect for him.

I defy you not to get a tear or two when seeing this film.

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