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Courage of Lassie (1946)

Bill (Pal) gets separated from his litter, making friends with the wild creatures until he's found and adopted by young Kathie Merrick (Dame Elizabeth Taylor). An accident separates him ... See full summary »

Director:

Fred M. Wilcox

Writer:

Lionel Houser (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Kathie Merrick
Frank Morgan ... Harry MacBain
Tom Drake ... Sergeant Smitty
Selena Royle ... Mrs. Merrick
Harry Davenport ... Judge Payson
George Cleveland ... Old Man
Catherine McLeod ... Alice Merrick (as Catherine Frances McLeod)
Morris Ankrum ... Farmer Crews
Mitchell Lewis ... Gil Elson
Jane Green Jane Green ... Mrs. Elson
David Holt ... Pete Merrick
Bill Wallace Bill Wallace ... Sergeant Mac (as William Wallace)
Minor Watson ... Sheriff Ed Grayson
Donald Curtis ... Charlie
Clancy Cooper ... Casey
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Storyline

Bill (Pal) gets separated from his litter, making friends with the wild creatures until he's found and adopted by young Kathie Merrick (Dame Elizabeth Taylor). An accident separates him from her, and he's drafted into K-9 duty in the trenches until battle fatigue takes its toll and he turns vicious. And even though he finds his way back home, he may be condemned as a killer. Written by Kathy Li

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As Refreshing As A Breath Of Spring !

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Drama | Adventure | Family | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blue Sierra See more »

Filming Locations:

Railroad Creek, Washington, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although the title of this movie suggests it, there is no mention of the character Lassie anywhere in the movie. See more »

Goofs

Kathie runs down the same piece of path twice when she first encounters Bill. See more »

Quotes

Kathie Merrick: Will he live, Mr. MacBain?
Harry MacBain: Well, that's pretty hard to say just now, but I think he has a fair chance. You'll know if he gets up on his feet and starts acting spunky and barking, why then, maybe.
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My Dog Bill
19 March 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When you've got a young Elizabeth Taylor and such scene stealing character actors as Frank Morgan and Harry Davenport it's almost an obligation to watch Courage Of Lassie. All of them have their moments not to forget America's favorite collie.

In fact the collie isn't Lassie. When Taylor finds him having gone astray in the woods she names the pup Bill. She trains Bill as a sheepdog and it works out well until he becomes separated from her and drafted into the canine corps of the US Army.

Service in the Aleutians leaves a shellshocked collie and of course eventually he's reunited with Taylor who does her best to rehabilitate him.

Morgan plays a kindly neighbor to widow Selena Royle who is Liz's mother and Davenport is the judge who will decide the fate of the collie. Guess how it goes.

Nice scenic color location cinematography also characterizes Courage Of Lassie, but it doesn't overshadow the human performers who are at their scene stealing best.


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