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Hills of Home (1948)

Approved | | Adventure, Family, Drama | December 1948 (USA)
William McClure is the villlage doctor in a remote Scottish glen. Tricked into buying Lassie, a collie afraid of water, he sets about teaching her to swim. At the same time he has the ... See full summary »

Director:

Fred M. Wilcox

Writers:

William Ludwig (original screenplay), Ian Maclaren (suggested by the sketches "Doctor of the Old School")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edmund Gwenn ... Dr. William MacLure
Donald Crisp ... Drumsheugh
Tom Drake ... Tammas Milton
Janet Leigh ... Margit Mitchell
Rhys Williams ... Mr. Milton
Reginald Owen ... Hopps
Edmund Breon ... Jamie Soutar
Alan Napier ... Sir George
Hughie Green ... Geordie (as Hugh Green)
Lumsden Hare ... Lord Kilspindie
Eileen Erskine ... Belle Saunders
Victor Wood ... David Mitchell
David Thursby David Thursby ... Burnbrae
Frederick Worlock ... Dr. Weston
Pal Pal ... Lassie (as Lassie)
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Storyline

William McClure is the villlage doctor in a remote Scottish glen. Tricked into buying Lassie, a collie afraid of water, he sets about teaching her to swim. At the same time he has the bigger problem that he is getting older and must ensure the glen will have a new local doctor ready. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Lassie's finest role - as a runaway dog who returns home to save her master See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Danger in the Hills 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

This film was first telecast in Chicago Saturday 3 August 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2); it first aired in Norfolk VA 12 August 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Memphis 17 August 1957 on WHBQ (Channel 13), in Seattle 22 August 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Portland OR 10 September 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Philadelphia 12 September 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in New Haven CT 26 September 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Honolulu 6 October 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Altoona PA 13 October 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Salt Lake City 5 December 1957 on KTVT (Channel 4), in Windsor ON (serving Detroit) 30 December 1957 on CKLW (Channel 9), in New York City 3 March 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Adams MA 6 March 1958 on WCDC (Channel 19), and in San Francisco 11 November 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); Lassie finally came down from the Hills in Los Angeles 10 May 1959 on KTTV (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 film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. See more »

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Followed by The Painted Hills (1951) See more »

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Lassie, Gwenn & Crisp: A Winning Team
7 December 2003 | by jcholguinSee all my reviews

If you love a dog story then this is for you. If you love a story of love in a small village then this is for you. If you love a story of courage then this is for you. Hills of Home features Lassie, that collie that shows the true meaning of friendship between Master and dog. Lass (Lassie) is afraid of the water in rivers or lakes so she will not cross any form of water. A sheepdog protects the sheep from drowning in water so her first owner decides to kill Lass because she is useless as a sheepdog. Dr. William MacLure (Edmund Gwenn) is the only doctor in the village and a rather old one. Dr. MacLure is not the brightest or most up-to-date doctor but he will fight the spectre of death with hand-to-hand combat to save those villagers that he loves. He decides that a dog will help a lonely man in meeting the needs of the village so he barters for the ownership of Lass. Drumsheugh (Donald Crisp) is Dr. MacLure's best human friend. Drumsheugh encourages his friend and offers wise advice to the head strong old doctor. This film features the growing love of this familiar trio (Lassie, Gwenn & Crisp) as they battle death, nature and time. A heartwarming story that ends with you wanting to just grab hold of your own dog as Dr. MacLures holds on to Lass.


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