Lady and the Tramp: Can You Sell an Entire Film on One Scene? Yes, and Here's the Proof
Walt Disney had his own share of idea men. He called them "story men." The wife of one of them, Joe Grant, had a baby around the time that Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs came out. Noticing that the family dog suddenly was playing second fiddle to the baby, Joe felt that would make for an interesting story idea. Walt Disney agreed, and had his people start working on the idea. Eighteen years later, after World War II had subsided and the studio was back to normal, out came "Lady and the Tramp" (1955).
Jim Dear decides that his wife Darling, who is childless, would like a new dog, so he gives her a cocker spaniel named Lady (Barbara Luddy) for Christmas 1909. Lady grows up and becames a happy member of the household, making friends with Scottish Terrier Jock (Bill Thompson) and bloodhound Trusty (Bill Baucom) who live down the road. Things change when Darling is expecting a baby, and Lady feels neglected. Tramp (Larry Roberts), a dog who begs for scraps from a nearby Italian restaurant, happens to be there and says he dislikes the very idea of babies, who are "Just a cute little bundle of trouble." Jock and Trusty run Tramp off, but he makes an impression on Lady.
|Jock, Trusty, Lady and Tramp|
|Si and Am, the Sarah's two Siamese cats|
|Tony prepares the big meal|
|Eating spaghetti the romantic way|
|Lady and Tramp kissing|
|Lady is upset with Tramp|
|Tramp is a hero!|
|A bright, lively film poster|
Most of the original illustrators were still there as well, and the studio was able to use some of the usual voice people that it trusted: Bill Thompson, Verna Felton and The Mellomen. An interesting addition was Alan Reed, voicing Boris, one of the dogs at the pound. He must have liked his experience doing voice work, because he went on to star as Fred Flintstone five years later.
|Songbook featuring Peggy Lee|
|Trusty found the dogcatcher!|
|El Capitan theater showing the film recently|