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.
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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