Wild Boy is a cute little puppy dog, sold at auction when its owner, a once-prominent military man, dies in poverty. The boyfriend of the dead man's daughter purchases Wild Boy and gives it to her as a present. She raises the dog into a champion, ultimately defeating her father's hated rival at an annual Dog Derby. Essentially a typically cozy British programmer, Wild Boy springs to life from time to time with a few fistfights and chases, apparently as a strategy to appeal to American filmgoers. At the time of its release, much was made of the fact that Wild Boy went 8 weeks and $200,000 over budget, as if this made it a better film.
by Hal Erickson synopsis