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Release Date:
17 July 1961 (USA) See more »
A true story that shook a city is told again to shake the world See more »
Scotland, 1865. An old shepherd and his little Skye Terrier Bobby go to Edinburgh. But when the shepherd dies of pneumonia... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A well-made film about why dogs are our best friends. See more (14 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Donald Crisp ... James Brown

Laurence Naismith ... Mr. Traill
Alex Mackenzie ... Auld Jock

Duncan Macrae ... Sgt. Davie Maclean
Andrew Cruickshank ... Lord Provost

Gordon Jackson ... 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)
Hamish Wilson ... Hamish
Sean Keir
Kay Walsh ... Mrs. Brown
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Geoffrey Bayldon ... The Vicar (uncredited)

John Breslin ... News Correspondent (uncredited)
Betty Duncan ... Middleaged woman (uncredited)
Damaris Hayman ... Black-haired woman (uncredited)

Andrew Keir ... Constable (uncredited)
Gerald Lawson ... Lodging house resident (uncredited)
Gennie Nevinson ... Farmer's daughter (uncredited)
Alec Paterson ... Doctor (uncredited)
Robin Stewart ... Jodie Ross (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Chaffey 
Writing credits
Robert Westerby (screenplay)

Eleanor Atkinson (story)

Produced by
Hugh Attwooll .... associate producer
Walt Disney .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Francis Chagrin 
Cinematography by
Paul Beeson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peter Tanner 
Casting by
Maude Spector 
Art Direction by
Michael Stringer 
Set Decoration by
Vernon Dixon 
Costume Design by
Margaret Furse 
Makeup Department
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
Barbara Ritchie .... hair stylist
Production Management
Peter Manley .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dennis Bertera .... assistant director
Grania O'Shannon .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Norman Dorme .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Norman Bolland .... sound recordist
Red Law .... sound recordist
Terry Poulton .... sound editor
Malcolm Stewart .... sound (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Sturgess .... additional photographer
Alec Mills .... focus puller (uncredited)
Michael Sarafian .... second unit: focus puller (uncredited)
Herbert Smith .... camera operator (uncredited)
Michael Walter .... key grip (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Peter Weatherley .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Francis Chagrin .... conductor
Other crew
John Breslin .... dialect advisor
Phyllis Crocker .... continuity
John Darlys .... dog trainer
Walt Disney .... presenter
Josie Fulford .... assistant continuity (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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USA:87 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Australia:G | Canada:G (video rating) | Ireland:G | UK:U | USA:Approved (certificate #19819) | West Germany:0
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Did You Know?

Bobby slept faithfully on Old Jock's grave every night for fourteen years, regardless of the weather.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Burke and Hare (2010)See more »
The Seventy-Ninth's Farewell to GibraltarSee more »


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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A well-made film about why dogs are our best friends., 25 October 2006
Author: Mel J from Dundee, Scotland

The story of Greyfriars Bobby is one familiar to most Scottish schoolchildren and this film is a worthy adaptation of a very endearing tale. 'Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog' is set in 1865 where an ageing shepherd from the Highlands and his faithful Skye terrier Bobby visit Edinburgh. But when the shepherd succumbs to pneumonia and is buried in a local cemetery of Greyfriars Kirk, Bobby remains loyal to his master, sleeping on his grave and only leaving to search for food. In those days, dogs had to be licensed but, when the local police try to take him to the pound to be put down, the children of Edinburgh and the city's Lord Provost (who incidentally was director of the Scottish SPCA) rally to save him.

Although the film is not exact on all the details of the story, nevertheless, it is a very warm and touching film about why dogs are possibly the most loyal and devoted creatures on this planet (we humans could probably learn a thing or two from them, in that respect). The Scottish setting is well-depicted and there were few wobbly accents to be heard since most of the cast were actually Scottish.

'Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog' remains one of Disney's best films and hasn't dated much despite being more than thirty years old.

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