After her destitute family is forced to sell her, a collie named Lassie (Pal) escapes from her new owner and begins the long trek from Scotland to her Yorkshire home.


Fred M. Wilcox


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


Hard times came for Carraclough family and they are forced to sell their dog to the rich Duke of Rudling (Nigel Bruce). However, Lassie (Pal), the dog, is unwilling to leave the young Joe Carraclough (Roddy McDowall) and sets out on the long and dangerous journey in order to rejoin him. Written by Dragan Antulov <>

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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 »


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Did You Know?


Dame Elizabeth Taylor replaced Maria Flynn in the role of Priscilla. Some sources say Flynn was afraid of the dog on the set. Others say that she grew taller than Roddy McDowall, or that the strong Technicolor lighting caused her eyes to water. In any case, production was halted. Producer Samuel Marx was walking the 600 block of North Foothill Road in Beverly Hills doing his nightly patrol as an air raid warden when he met Francis Taylor, who patrolled the 700 block. Knowing he and Sara wanted to get their daughter into the movies, he asked him to bring Elizabeth to the studio. There she was introduced to Lassie, and the production resumed. See more »


In an early scene in the movie, the shadows are the same when Joe is going to school in the morning as when he's coming home that afternoon. See more »


Joe Carraclough: Ye're my Lassie come home.
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Referenced in Stray Dogs (1991) See more »


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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Release Date:

December 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lassie Come Home See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape Mendocino, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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