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The Painted Hills (1951)

 -  Family | Western  -  4 May 1951 (USA)
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A Lassie movie. After years of prospecting, Jonathan finally strikes gold. He returns to town only to discover that his partner has since died and left Tommy fatherless. He decides to leave... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Pal ...
Shep (as Lassie)
Paul Kelly ...
Jonathan Harvey
Bruce Cowling ...
Lin Taylor
Tommy Blake
Art Smith ...
Pilot Pete
Martha Blake
Chief Yowlachie ...
Andrea Virginia Lester ...
Brown Jug Reynolds ...


A Lassie movie. After years of prospecting, Jonathan finally strikes gold. He returns to town only to discover that his partner has since died and left Tommy fatherless. He decides to leave Shep (played by Lassie) with Tommy to cheer him up. Meanwhile, Jonathan's new partner, Lin, isn't interested in sharing the gold, and lures Jonathan to his death. Lassie immediately deduces what's happened, so Lin poisons Lassie. Lassie barely pulls through and pursues Lin to a climactic confrontation where, due to an off-screen accident with some liquid nitrogen, Lin's gun jams. Written by Leo L. Schwab <>

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lassie | gold | poison | blood | gold digger | See more »


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4 May 1951 (USA)  »

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Lassie's Adventures in the Goldrush  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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This is one of a handful of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer productions of the 1950-1951 period whose original copyrights were never renewed and are now apparently in Public Domain; for this reason this title is now offered, often in very inferior copies, at bargain prices, by numerous VHS and DVD distributors who do not normally handle copyrighted or Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer material. See more »


Follows Hills of Home (1948) See more »

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Not feeling suicidal enough? This is the movie for you!
30 December 2006 | by (El Paso!) – See all my reviews

A Lassie movie which should have been "put to sleep".... FOREVER. That's how I'd describe this painfully dreary time-waster of a film. So mediocre in every aspect that it just becomes a dull, uninteresting mess, this is one of the most forgettable movies I've seen. It isn't even an achievement as a "so-bad-it's-good" or "so-bad-it's-memorable" movie. The idea of Lassie turning bad is intriguing but so little actually happens, and so slowly, that you feel your life slipping away while sitting there, watching the non-actors read their lines off cue cards waiting for their measly paychecks.

It's an empty, hollow shell of a movie. Seriously, it's not worth wasting your, or your kid's time on. Unless you're both heavily medicated. That's all I have to say.

Avoid, avoid, avoid! It will drive you barking mad! Hahahah, get it? BARKING! Hahahahahahaha!

Sorry, I've had a rough week.

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