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Lassie Come Home (1943)

Passed | | Adventure, Family | December 1943 (USA)
After her destitute family is forced to sell her, a collie named Lassie escapes from her new owner and begins the long trek from Scotland to her Yorkshire home.

Director:

Fred M. Wilcox

Writers:

Hugo Butler (screenplay), Eric Knight (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roddy McDowall ... Joe Carraclough
Donald Crisp ... Sam Carraclough
May Whitty ... Dally (as Dame May Whitty)
Edmund Gwenn ... Rowlie
Nigel Bruce ... Duke of Rudling
Elsa Lanchester ... Mrs. Carraclough
Elizabeth Taylor ... Priscilla
Ben Webster Ben Webster ... Dan'l Fadden
J. Pat O'Malley ... Hynes (as J. Patrick O'Malley)
Alan Napier ... Jock
Arthur Shields ... Andrew
John Rogers John Rogers ... Snickers
Alec Craig ... Buckles
Pal Pal ... Lassie (as Lassie)
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Storyline

Hard times came for Carraclough family and they are forced to sell their dog to the rich Duke of Rudling. However, Lassie, the dog, is unwilling to leave the young Carraclough boy and sets out on the long and dangerous journey in order to rejoin him. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The pulse-pounding adventure of an unusual collie who fought her way home . . . through a thousand miles of danger ! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Family

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La cadena invisible See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape Mendocino, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot in the state of Washington and in Monterey, CA, while the rapids scene was shot on the San Joaquin River in California. See more »

Goofs

The first time Lassie escapes from the kennel, she digs a hole in the dirt to sneak under the fence. However, after all her digging, her paws and chest hair are still pure white and clean. See more »

Quotes

Joe Carraclough: Ye're my Lassie come home.
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Connections

Followed by Hills of Home (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

I Dreamt I Dwelt In Marble Halls
(1843) (uncredited)
from "The Bohemian Girl"
Music by Michael William Balfe and lyrics by Alfred Bunn (uncredited)
Sung a cappella by Edmund Gwenn
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The first, and best, Lassie film...
14 December 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Lassie Come Home" is an incredibly well made and beautiful looking family film. It represents the best film of its kind MGM could make and is the best of the Lassie movies. And, although it's full of schmaltz, it's such well made schmaltz that just about everyone will enjoy the film if you give it a chance.

When the film begins, the Carraclough family is in serious trouble. They're a poor English family and need money and so the father (Donald Crisp) decides to sell their one prized possession...their dog Lassie! Considering how his son adores the dog, and vice-versa, your heart breaks when little Roddy McDowell has to part with the pooch. What follows is escape after escape...and the dog amazingly is able to somehow find its way back home to the Carracloughs.

Heartwarming...and a tear-jerker. All of the best qualities MGM could put into a film are stuffed into this one--loved color cinematography, very moody and fitting music, some wonderful supporting contract players (such as Edmund Gwen, Elizabeth Taylor and many others) and the MGM style all make this a sweet film and a must-see for everyone but the grouchiest viewers.


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