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  • Actors: Jackie Cooper, Patricia Breslin, Margaret Irving, Paul Maxey
  • Directors: Jackie Cooper, Peter Tewksbury
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2010
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003N2JKY4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,653 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Jackie Cooper stars in and also directs this popular 1950s romantic comedy. Cooper plays Socrates "Sock" Miller, a love-stricken young man, fresh from the Army. He lives with his beloved Aunt Gus and a sassy basset hound named Cleo, who acts as a canine Greek chorus to the viewers, adding snappy commentary to the wild antics of Sock's love life.

In 1931, nine year old Jackie Cooper, already a three year veteran of the "Our Gang" series, got an Oscar nomination for his starring role in the gut-wrenching film, Skippy. That same year Cooper co-starred with Wallace Beery in King Vidor's Oscar nominated classic, The Champ. In 1934, Cooper and Beery teamed with Lionel Barrymore to star in Treasure Island. Though the 1940s were light for Cooper's film career, he hit pay-dirt with TV work when he debuted in the successful comic series, "The People's Choice," in 1955. Decades later, in 1973, Cooper won an Emmy award for his direction of the smash hit comedy series, "M*A*S*H."

An Adventure of Sock: Sock returns from the Army, carrying a present for the girl he hopes to marry. The gift is a cute basset hound puppy named Cleo - but his new girlfriend doesn't like dogs. Guest Star: Leonid Kinsky

Sock Gives Gus Away: Mayor John Peoples' daughter, Mandy, is hiding a secret from her father - she and Sock were secretly married weeks earlier!

Mandy's Male Animal: Sock and Mandy try to impress a few of her old college room-mates by exaggerating their romantic married life. Guest Star: El Brendel

Reluctant House Guest: After the Mayor learns of Sock and Mandy's matrimonial status, he supports their bid to get their own house. Guest Star: Dick Wesson

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Cleo keeps you entertained and Jackie Cooper is likeable in his tense situations.
choirboyme
The transfer to DVD is typical of other DVD editions of 1950s-era shows and is of acceptable viewing quality.
Nyssa
I have fond memories of this show, our whole family gathering together to watch this show, and others.
R. Gawlitta

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chloe on May 1, 2011
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Jackie Cooper had a great personality & sense of humor. I only remembered him from The Little Rascals. I'd heard of The People's Choice with the talking dog, but never got to see it until it became available through this offering.

I have to say I was highly entertained & found Jackie Cooper enchanting & very pleasant to watch. Cleo who is almost as adorable comes a close second. I never knew Mr. Cooper had done a series as an adult where he was a weekly performer. He handled the part beautifully.

I only wish MORE of this series were available.

If this were to ever get released as full season sets, I'd buy them up as I'm sure many others would.

Perhaps we can make inquiries to Alpha Video regarding future installments?
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By deedee on September 2, 2010
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Just Love that Hound Dog! Did not remember this show at all, but enjoyed the simple 1950's storylines and Cleo is just the cutest.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. L. Weiner on September 9, 2011
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Wonderful show, enjoyable to watch. Good clean family show and the dog is wonderful.Jackie Cooper was wonderful in anything he did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nyssa on April 6, 2013
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This DVD contains only four episodes from the first two of the three seasons of the 1950's sitcom that starred Jackie Cooper. It was a funny and charming example of its genre and despite the age of the series, holds up well. I remember watching this series in syndicated reruns and was one of my favorites then, and I'm glad to see my memories haven't failed me. Funny is still funny despite the decades that have passed.

The first episode, "An Episode of Sock," introduces the character of Sock (short for Socrates), just home from the Army, his Aunt Gus, and his basset puppy, Cleo who is destined for stardom in the rest of the series.

The other three episodes included on the DVD seem to have been chosen at random from the first two seasons. The jump from one episode to the next could be confusing for those not familiar with the storylines of Sock's attending college, courting the mayor's daughter Mandy despite her father's disapproval, their secret marriage, the marriage's eventual reveal, and Sock's obnoxious Army buddy who can't take a hint he's overstayed his welcome. The episode titles are: "Sock Gives Gus Away," "Mandy's Male Animal," and "Reluctant House Guest."

The transfer to DVD is typical of other DVD editions of 1950s-era shows and is of acceptable viewing quality.

So now the big question is, when will a Complete Series set of the show become available? I'd be one of the first in line to pre-order it!

Recommended for those who enjoy well-written, well-acted classic sitcoms, fans of Jackie Cooper, and dog lovers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Gawlitta on August 5, 2011
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I have fond memories of this show, our whole family gathering together to watch this show, and others. I was about 7 or 8, and I roared with delight every time Cleo, the dog, said something to criticize the behavior of the humans. Watching the dog drag it's sideways butt across the floor was also amusing. This is something you can show to your kids, and your kid's kids. A great sitcom, and Jackie Cooper and Patricia Breslin had a chemistry that has rarely been equalled. We MUST have more available episodes, while those of us are still around can appreciate them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven M. Rothe on April 10, 2011
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This was a great dvd. I hadn't seen this show in 50 years but it was still very funny. I got a great deal through Amazon.com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By c. b. on September 18, 2013
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I remember watching this show when I was very young. It starred Jackie Cooper, but the canine was the real Star! Basset Hound sales soared when this show was on the air!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rusty Fox on September 13, 2013
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Who could hate that adorable puppy Cleo? Or Jackie Cooper? Or his aunt? Or their trailer? People's Choice is the easy going kind of comedy I wish we saw more of in these egocentered days.
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