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Credited cast:
Arthur Norton
Mr. Willie B. Williegood
Nicholas Joy ...
Victor Alvord
Mrs. Golightly
Mrs. Pope
Esther Somers ...
Susan - the maid
Pal ...
Lassie (as Lassie)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Bates ...
Orphan (as Charles Bates Perry uncredited)


Set in the rural south of the United States, a bereaved war widow learns to to put aside her bitterness and grief as she grows to love a young orphan boy and the dog that belonged to her late son. Punctuated with song-filled interludes. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Release Date:

12 May 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lassie perd et gagne  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Helen Winter (Jeanette MacDonald) drives a 1948 Ford Sportsman Convertible. See more »


When Jerry finally decides to go play with Lassie, we can hear someone off-screen give Lassie a command. Right after Jerry says,"Let's have fun now," and hugs Lassie, a man's voice clearly speaks a word off-camera, and Lassie looks in that direction before running off with the boy. See more »


Follows Lassie Come Home (1943) See more »


If You Were Mine
based on "Romance"
Music by Anton Rubinstein
Lyrics by Paul Bourget
Sung by Jeanette MacDonald
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Jeanette MacDonald in Technicolor
26 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jeanette MacDonald stars as a widowed concert singer who suffers another disaster and yearns to retire from the world. She loads up her nifty wood-paneled convertible (a Plymouth?) and dog (Lassie) and sets out. She finds a house in the mountains of a small Southern town and settles in. But she's never runs a household before and discovers she must do her own household chores, cooking, etc. This puts her into contact with the comical-but-wise town grocer (Percy Kilbride) and some other locals. Most annoying, however, is the boy Kilbride has sent to do chores. The boy and dog instantly bond. Slowly, MacDonald gets back her hold on her life, learns to love the boy (Claude Jarman) and return to her own world. But she'll never be the same.

Full of funny moments and a few that will tug your heart strings, this is a nice old-fashioned film and well done by all involved. The Technicolor is also beautiful.

MacDonald, in her final film appearance, looks great and turns in a terrific performance as the woman who learns to love again. She also sings a few songs, including a beautiful rendition of "Un Bel di Vedremo" from MADAMA BUTTERFLY. Kilbride is hilarious as is Margaret Hamilton as the nosy spinster. Jarman is solid in a role that could have been cloying. Others include Lloyd Nolan, Lewis Stone, Ida Moore, Dwayne Hickman, Hope Landin, and Barbara Billingsley.

What a shame the great MacDonald never found another film vehicle. Voice aside, she was a marvelous actress with a great sense of comic timing. Her final film doesn't rank with her unforgettable films with Nelson Eddy, but it's a fine and memorable film in its own right.

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