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Lassie Come Home (1943)

Passed | | Adventure, Family | December 1943 (USA)
After her destitute family is forced to sell her, a collie named Lassie escapes from her new owner and begins the long trek from Scotland to her Yorkshire home.

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Dally (as Dame May Whitty)
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Dan'l Fadden
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Hynes (as J. Patrick O'Malley)
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Snickers
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Lassie (as Lassie)
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Storyline

Hard times came for Carraclough family and they are forced to sell their dog to the rich Duke of Rudling. However, Lassie, the dog, is unwilling to leave the young Carraclough boy and sets out on the long and dangerous journey in order to rejoin him. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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A Thrilling Saga Of Courage And Loyalty ! See more »

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Adventure | Family

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December 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La cadena invisible  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Philadelphia Sunday 14 April 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), and in Los Angeles Friday 19 April 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Altoona PA 28 April 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), by Chicago 11 May 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by New York City 3 June 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), by Hartford CT 14 June 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), by Honolulu 4 August 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), by Memphis 31 August 1957 on WHBQ (Channel 13), by both Salt Lake City and Tampa 2 September 1957 on KTVT (Channel 4) and on WFLA (Channel 8), by Baltimore 12 September 1957 on WJZ (Channel 13), by Seattle 18 November 1957 on KING (Channel 5), and by San Francisco 3 May 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. See more »

Goofs

When Lassie decides to leave the elderly couple, the man opens and closes the gate for her to leave. The camera angle then changes to show the gate still open, and then the camera returns to the original angle to show the gate closed again. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Carraclough: Oh, well. Ye may as well know it right off. Lassie won't be waiting for ye at school anymore.
Joe Carraclough: Why not? What's happened?
Mrs. Carraclough: Because she's sold; that's why not.
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Connections

Referenced in American Hoggers: Ranger Come Home (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

I Dreamt I Dwelt In Marble Halls
(1843) (uncredited)
from "The Bohemian Girl"
Music by Michael William Balfe and lyrics by Alfred Bunn (uncredited)
Sung a cappella by Edmund Gwenn
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The Collie Franchise Started Here
30 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

I'm sure that when MGM was filming Lassie Come Home they were not aware they would be setting up the foundation of a collie franchise. The film obviously was meant to be a B picture filler as none of MGM's big box office names were used. But the story of the loyal collie dog who traveled over 1000 miles from Scotland to Yorkshire to return to his young master struck a nostalgic chord in the English speaking world.

What MGM did do for this film was use location footage, most likely in California and film it in Technicolor. Doing that made the film a classic and wanted by today's market which disdains black and white.

Two young future stars Roddy McDowall and Elizabeth Taylor are in this as children and they are an appealing pair. For the rest of the cast MGM made liberal use of the English colony in Hollywood with Elsa Lanchester, Donald Crisp, Nigel Bruce, Edmund Gwenn, Alan Napier, Arthur Shields, and Dame May Witty and her husband Ben Webster. In fact if you take away the two child stars, this film may just have the oldest average age of any film cast around.

Elizabeth Taylor and Roddy McDowall formed a lifetime friendship from this film. She also became very attached to Donald Crisp who became a father figure for her until his death in 1974. Crisp and McDowall are reunited as father and son as they were in How Green Was My Valley.

The plot is a simple one. Because he's out of work and needs the money for food on the table, Donald Crisp sells the pure bred collie to Lord Nigel Bruce who takes him from Yorkshire to Scotland. But Lassie ain't having this and escapes and makes the journey to what she considers home. The story is about her adventures on the way.

After over 60 years Lassie is still appealing to children of all ages everywhere.


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