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

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mr. Traill
Alex Mackenzie ...
Auld Jock
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Sgt. Davie Maclean
Andrew Cruickshank ...
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Farmer
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Farmer's wife
Freda Jackson ...
Old woman caretaker
Moultrie Kelsall ...
Magistrate
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First Lady
Vincent Winter ...
Tammy
Jameson Clark ...
Constable (as Jameson Clarke)
Jack Lambert ...
Doctor
Bruce Seton ...
Prosecutor
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Ailie (as Joan Buck)
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Scotland, 1865. An old shepherd and his little Skye Terrier Bobby 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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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Although he is first billed, Donald Crisp (James Brown) does not appear until 26 minutes into the film. See more »


Soundtracks

The Seventy-Ninth's Farewell to Gibraltar
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Traditional bagpipe tune
Arranged by John McDonald
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putting away the hanky
24 June 2006 | by (deep in the heart of Texas) – See all my reviews

I was probably 14 when I saw this film, back in the early 60's and I know I cried. I hadn't seen it since, although it was never far out of my memory, 'til I got the DVD recently and took the time to watch it again. It still brought a tear to my eye.

Time can play tricks on your memory, but this case it was as good a film as I recalled. It doesn't have any jump cuts, the camera work is simple and steady. The acting however is superb, bringing a genuine life to this mostly true story of a dog's faithfulness to it's departed master.

My family always had dogs, and I watched plenty of Lassie on TV and read the novels of Albert Payson Terhune, so I have always had a close relationship with dogs, my most recent being a 16 year old miniature dachshund.

If you can get your family to sit through it, I suggest it as a great alternative to what's on TV today.


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