NEWSREELS: Several newsreel companies,
including Fox, Paramount, and Pathe, filmed Terhune and his collies during
the 1920's and 1930's. The only known surviving film was made by
American Movietone News in 1926. Just under three minutes in length,
it has no audio and shows some deterioration, but
still presents a fascinating view of Bert, Anice, Tippy, many of the collies, and Sunnybank.
RADIO PROGRAMS: From at least 1934
to 1936, Albert Payson Terhune had a weekly fifteen minute radio program
on the NBC Blue Network, sponsored by Spratt's Patent, Ltd., an English
manufacturer of dog foods.Most of the stories were based on tales about
dogs which had appeared in newspapers or elsewhere and caught the attention
of Terhune, rather than on his Sunnybank collies. Tehune's standard
opening "I hope you'll like it" continued on his other radio appearances,
including the "General Electric Circle Program," "For Men Only," and the
CBS "Heinz Magazine of the Air." The only known surviving recording
of a Terhune broadcast is from an April 1941 appearance on "The Cavalcade
of America" in a half-hour program telling the story of Henry Bergh, the
founder of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
PHOTOPLAYS: At least two Terhune books
are available in photoplay editions, including photos from the corresponding
movies: The Story of Damon and Pythias and His
Dog. The book The New Mayor, is based on the
play "The Man of the Hour" by George Broadhurst and includes phots from
the play. His book The Woman was based on a
play by his friend William C. De Mille.
SCREEN CREDITS: While, early
in his writing career, Terhune produced novelizations of several movies
and plays, frequently not under his own name, he also has several screen
Further information on these and other credits is available in the bibliography by Kathleen Rais.
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