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Courage of Lassie (1946)

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Bill's separated from his litter, making friends with the wild creatures until he's found and adopted by young Kathie. An accident separates him from her, and he's drafted into K-9 duty in ... See full summary »



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Sergeant Smitty
Selena Royle ...
Mrs. Merrick
Judge Payson
George Cleveland ...
Old Man
Alice Merrick (as Catherine Frances McLeod)
Morris Ankrum ...
Farmer Crews
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Gil Elson
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Mrs. Elson
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Pete Merrick
Bill Wallace ...
Sergeant Mac (as William Wallace)
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Sheriff Ed Grayson


Bill's separated from his litter, making friends with the wild creatures until he's found and adopted by young Kathie. An accident separates him from her, and he's drafted into K-9 duty in the trenches until battle fatigue takes its toll and he turns vicious. And even though he finds his way back home, he may be condemned as a killer. Written by Kathy Li

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8 November 1946 (USA)  »

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Blue Sierra  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Dog Days of Lassie
20 August 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Lassie should have barked, "RE-WRITE!" during the third in the series, "Courage of Lassie". Elizabeth Taylor takes over the reigns as Lassie's owner. Obviously, the filmmakers were still not sure how to use Lassie as a name; so it's implied that the dog you love as Lassie is playing "Bill" (but it's really "Pal" playing "Lassie" playing "Bill"; and, it gets even more complicated in the film).

Since it is 1946, we'll just have to go along with Lassie being drafted; but, is this "Lassie Come Home from World War II" - is Lassie an unpatriotic deserter? Then, the poor dog comes down with Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome, becomes a killer, and goes on trial. On the plus side: Lassie is terrific, as usual; the dog tries to make a bad script hunt. Elizabeth Taylor and the film look very nice in color; and, Frank Morgan feels like a good substitute for Donald Crisp, who was in the last Lassie film, and will be in the next one…

**** Courage of Lassie (7/24/46) Fred M. Wilcox ~ Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Morgan, Tom Drake

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