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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 »


Fred M. Wilcox


Lionel Houser (original screenplay)


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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Did You Know?


This movie was first telecast in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday, March 16, 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in New Haven, Connecticut on March 23, 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Norfolk, Virginia on March 27, 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Hartford, Connecticut on April 22, 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Chicago, Illinois on June 1, 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Altoona, Pennsylvania on July 7, 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Los Angeles, California on October 16, 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), in New York City, New York on January 6, 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Seattle, Washington on January 26, 1958 on KING (Channel 5), in San Francisco, California on March 16, 1958 on KGO (Channel 7) and in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 19, 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these movie showings were all still in black-and-white. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these movies in their original Technicolor until several years later. See more »


When the puppy Bill first runs up to the coyote, the line tied around the coyote's neck is visible. See more »


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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They could have entitled this one "Lassie Goes Nuts!"
16 February 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Lassie Goes Nuts"....or, perhaps another title that might fit for this one is "Lassie Goes Through Hell and Ends Up With PTSD". This is because Lassie (here actually called Bill) is tortured and goes through more in one film than most of his others combined!!! In this film, he loses his mother, gets shot, gets run over, gets sent to war and almost dies...and, naturally, ends up losing his mind. While the term was never used, he obviously was suffering from PTSD...and the film was actually a metaphor for the millions of damaged soldiers coming home from Europe and Asia following WWII...which ended the year before.

Fortunately, the film is not just one series of torment after another for good 'ol Bill/Lassie. When he's not suffering, he's living with a lovely little girl (Elizabeth Taylor) and loves her dearly. But he gets lost and goes through the worst before he ultimately is reunited with her.

The movie is enjoyable and the scenery AMAZING...having been filmed in the Pacific Northwest in beautiful color. And, because it was a prestige project (after all, Lassie was a BIG star at MGM), the studio used some of its best supporting actors (Frank Morgan, Harry Davenport and Tom Drake, among others) and it really is a lovely film. But some might tire of seeing the animal going through torment, so it's not nearly the film as "Lassie Come Home"!

Finally, although I liked the movie I really would have loved a scene with Lassie lying on the couch being psychoanalyzed near the end of the story!

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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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