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Lassie Come Home -- The original adventure of a boy and his dog is considered by many as the best. Young Roddy McDowall stars as a boy whose poor family is forced to sell their beloved collie, Lassie.


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Hugo Butler (screenplay)
Eric Knight (novel)
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Release Date:
December 1943 (USA) See more »
A Thrilling Saga Of Courage And Loyalty ! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins See more »
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One of my favourite films See more (25 total) »


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Directed by
Fred M. Wilcox 
Writing credits
Hugo Butler (screenplay)

Eric Knight (novel)

Produced by
Samuel Marx .... producer
Harry Rapf .... executive producer (uncredited)
Dore Schary .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Daniele Amfitheatrof 
Cinematography by
Leonard Smith (director of photography)
Charles P. Boyle (director of photography) (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Ben Lewis 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
Production Management
Charles J. Hunt .... unit manager (uncredited)
George Yohalem .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Andre .... assistant director (uncredited)
Alfred Raboch .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Mildred Griffiths .... associate set decorator
Paul Groesse .... associate art director
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Larry Kert .... stunts: Roddy McDowall (uncredited)
Music Department
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... conductor (uncredited)
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Eric Zeisl .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Henri Jaffa .... associate Technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... Technicolor color director
Frank Inn .... dog trainer (uncredited)
Rudd Weatherwax .... dog trainer: "Lassie" (uncredited)
Eric Knight .... with reverence and pride, we dedicate this picturization of his best-loved story to (as the late Major Eric Knight)
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89 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | Netherlands:6 (2008) | Norway:A | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:TV-G | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8995) | USA:G (re-rating) (1971) | West Germany:6 (f)

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Many people misinterpret the title of this movie. The title is not Lassie, Come Home (with a comma). It's not as if anyone is commanding Lassie to come home. The title is Lassie Come Home (with no comma), which heard in the last line of the film: "You're my Lassie come home." Another way of saying this is "You are my Lassie who has come home." In the title and the last line, the phrase "come home" is an adjective that describes "Lassie," not a verb in the imperative mood. "You're my Lassie come home" has the same grammatical structure as "She's a lamb gone astray," "It was problem met head-on," and "There's one houseplant left outdoors."See more »
Revealing mistakes: In an early scene in the movie, the shadows are the same when Joe is going to school in the morning as when he's coming home that afternoon.See more »
Dally:I know something about this dog. She's going somewhere - she's on her way.See more »
Movie Connections:
America the BeautifulSee more »


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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
One of my favourite films, 8 January 2006
Author: rebeljenn from Bath, England

'Lassie Come Home' is the classic first tale of Lassie, and this film is based on the novel by Eric Knight. This story is about the bond between a boy and his dog. Lassie is sold by the boy's father because of hard times, and Lassie makes a long journey to be back at her master's side again. It's a touching and beautiful story for children, and it was my favourite story for a while when I was much, much younger. I have forgotten much of this story now, but I have not forgotten how much I used to watch this film, over and over again on the old VHS. I think that all children should have the opportunity to watch 'Lassie Come Home'.

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