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
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The number of purebred collies registered in the United States in the late 1940s increased from 3,000 to 18,400, probably because of the Lassie film franchise. See more »
When Lassie decides to leave the elderly couple, the man opens and closes the gate for her to leave. The camera angle then changes to show the gate still open, and then the camera returns to the original angle to show the gate closed again. See more »
Lassie makes a remarkable screen debut. Under the guidance of trainer Rudd Weatherwax, the dog will become one of the most popular and enduring animal "stars" ever. It's easy to see why, in "Lassie Come Home". The collie, and its descendants, performed this basic role for some decades to come.
When the story begins, Lassie must be sold, by the poor Carracloughs: father Donald Crisp, mother Elsa Lancaster, and their boy Roddy McDowall. Mr. Crisp loses his job, and can't afford to keep the pet. Though Lassie is sold, his real emotional "owner" is the boy Joe, played by Mr. McDowall. McDowall's performance is terrific, and the others are no less than competent. The MGM color cinematography is gorgeous, and the story understandably sentimental. Interestingly, Elizabeth Taylor appears in her second film role; she will become Lassie's owner for the third series film, "Courage of Lassie" (1946).
If "Lassie, Come Home" doesn't raise some emotion, you may not be human.
********* Lassie Come Home (1943) Fred M. Wilcox ~ Roddy McDowall, Donald Crisp, Elizabeth Taylor, May Witty
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