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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 forcedto 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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Lots of fun 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)
Crew verified as complete

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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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Though Lassie is supposed to be a female dog, this and all subsequent Lassie films have used male dogs to play her, supposedly because males are easier to train.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Joe Carraclough:Ye're my Lassie come home.See more »
Movie Connections:
America the BeautifulSee more »


Was it filmed in Yorkshire and Scotland?
What is a "rough" collie?
Why were Joe's parents so insensitive when they told him the news about Lassie?
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22 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Lots of fun, 3 March 2000
Author: preppy-3 from United States

I was expecting to hate this film. After all it's a kids film (I'm 37). I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it! It's one of those few films that works for both adults and children. It's in color (which was rare in the early 1940s), has a simple story and never becomes too sentimental or childish. It's particularly fun seeing Elizabeth Taylor and Roddy McDowall as children; Elsa Lancaster as roddy's mother(!!!); and Nigel Bruce NOT playing Doctor Watson for once and actually proving he could be gruff and aggressive in a performance. Best of all though, is Lassie. I don't know how they did it, but the dog (actually a male dog named Pal) gives in an astonishing performance. Just the expressions on her(his) face tells you what she(he) is thinking! Also has a great ending that is very moving (in a good way). Very well woth seeing. Only complaint--the color in this film is so washed out! Why doesn't someone restore it?

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