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Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog (1961)

 -  Family | Drama  -  17 July 1961 (USA)
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Scotland 1865. An old shepherd and his little Skye terrier go to Edinburgh. But when the shepherd dies of pneumonia, the dog remains faithful to his master, refuses to be adopted by anyone,... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Laurence Naismith ...
Mr. Traill
Alex Mackenzie ...
Auld Jock
Duncan Macrae ...
Sgt. Davie Maclean
Andrew Cruickshank ...
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Farmer
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Farmer's wife
Freda Jackson ...
Old woman caretaker
Moultrie Kelsall ...
Magistrate
Joyce Carey ...
First Lady
Vincent Winter ...
Tammy
Jameson Clark ...
Constable (as Jameson Clarke)
Jack Lambert ...
Doctor
Bruce Seton ...
Prosecutor
Joan Juliet Buck ...
Ailie (as Joan Buck)
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Scotland 1865. An old shepherd and his little Skye terrier go to Edinburgh. But when the shepherd dies of pneumonia, the dog remains faithful to his master, refuses to be adopted by anyone, and takes to sleeping on his master's grave in the Greyfriars kirkyard, despite a caretaker with a "no dogs" rule. And when Bobby is taken up for being unlicensed, it's up to the children of Edinburgh and the Lord Provost to decide what's to be done. Written by Kathy Li

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shepherd | master | dog | terrier | scotland | See more »

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The true story of a dog.

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Family | Drama

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Bobby Trofast  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia

You can visit a statue of Bobby on George IV Bridge in Edinburgh. Which is near to the graveyard where old Jock is buried. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

The Seventy-Ninth's Farewell to Gibraltar
(uncredited)
Traditional bagpipe tune
Arranged by John McDonald
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A Quiet Classic
4 September 2007 | by (Kentucky, USA) – See all my reviews

Watching this for the first time in nearly forty years I was prepared for a nice little animal show the likes of which Disney studios were well known for. I expected a pleasant, well made, but mostly average little movie. Instead I found an artfully rendered film; calm but powerful, subtle and deep. The look of the film is surprisingly gritty and realistic, with the only complaint that anyone could raise being that the children were perhaps a tad too clean. The characterizations are top notch, even the children! There's not a faker in the bunch! They are wholly believable. The pace of the film is steady, never rushed, never slow, and lends a sense of real time passing. Even though most adults will easily predict the ultimate outcome, they will not be bored or disappointed as it unfolds. This is the kind of film that should be required watching in elementary schools instead of some that are. There is much to learn here: of how people in a particular place and time lived, of human nature and interpersonal relationships, of responsibility and initiative. Parents be confident showing this to your children. Adults be amazed at how good a G-rated family film can be. My comment upon viewing the conclusion in my own living room, "Remarkable!"


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