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Director:
Writers:
Hugo Butler (screenplay)
Eric Knight (novel)
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Release Date:
December 1943 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Thrilling Saga Of Courage And Loyalty ! See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins See more »
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For Dog Lovers Everywhere See more (23 total) »

Cast

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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
 
Stunts
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)
 
Thanks
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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Runtime:
89 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
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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Trivia:
After a nationwide hunt for a suitable dog for this movie failed, MGM called in dog trainer Rudd Weatherwax, who had many purebred collies, but Pal, his one-year old male collie (who had no papers), easily won the role. Pal retired at age 5, after which all subsequent Lassie films used direct descendants of Pal.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: While speaking about whether to keep Lassie or not it is obvious that the large hearth behind the elderly couple is a drop screen. Shadows from the lights show behind the couple left to right as you watch, but the shadows on the hearth shine from the opposite direction right to left.See more »
Quotes:
Joe Carraclough:Ye're my Lassie come home.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
I Dreamt I Dwelt In Marble HallsSee more »

FAQ

How does the movie end?
Why were Joe's parents so insensitive when they told him the news about Lassie?
Please tell me that Lassie wasn't really played by a boy dog.
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26 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
For Dog Lovers Everywhere, 30 September 2002
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

A magnificent British collie struggles to cover the hundreds of miles that separate her from the family she loves.

LASSIE COME HOME is one of the truly great family films. Crafted with care by MGM and based on the classic novel by Eric Knight, it will strike a warm response in the heart of anyone who has ever loved a dog.

The production values are first rate and the color photography is spectacular. While the scenery & filming locations are strictly Western North America, they nevertheless make evocative stand-ins for the settings in the book. It might be worth the viewer's time to check the relationship of the Yorkshire Moors with the Scottish Highlands on a map, so as to better appreciate the phenomenal journey which the dog undertakes.

The casting is excellent throughout: Donald Crisp, Elsa Lanchester & Roddy McDowall as the poor, proud family which must sell their only treasure, Lassie; Nigel Bruce as the gruffly tenderhearted Duke which buys the dog; a young Dame Elizabeth Taylor plays his lively granddaughter. J. Pat O'Malley portrays the brutal dog handler employed by the Duke.

Along her journey Lassie encounters old folks who need her companionship (Dame May Whitty & real-life husband Ben Webster, in his last film role), a traveling tinker who values her protection (Edmund Gwenn), and suspicious sheepmen on the watch for killer dogs (Alan Napier & Arthur Shields).

Lassie is played by Pal, a male dog trained by the celebrated Rudd Weatherwax (1907-1985), who was responsible for generations of Lassies which appeared in movies & television. Pal gives a remarkable performance, providing the very heart & soul of the film.

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Eric Mowbray Knight was born in Yorkshire, England, on April 10, 1897. Moving to America in 1912, he became a student in New York, but left to join the Canadian Armed Forces with the outbreak of World War One. In 1932 he published a collection of his wartime letters - Portrait Of A Flying Yorkshireman. Later came two novels which made good use of authentic Yorkshire dialect: Invitation To Life (1934) and Song On Your Bugles (1937). He didn't think much of his 1940 children's book, Lassie Come-Home and was very surprised at its great success. His next novel, This Above All (1941), a World War Two romance, was also popular. Knight joined the United States Army and rose to the rank of Major. Working with an Army film unit under the direction of Frank Capra, Eric Knight was tragically killed in a plane crash off the coast of Suriname on January 15, 1943. MGM dedicated LASSIE COME HOME, which was released later that year, to his memory.

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The snatch of ballad Edmund Gwenn is singing while shaving in his first scene is "I Dreamt That I Dwelt In Marble Halls" from the 1843 operetta The Bohemian Girl by Michael William Balfe (1808-1870).

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