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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 »


Fred M. Wilcox


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


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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)


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 {J-26}

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Release Date:

December 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Danger in the Hills 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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Did You Know?


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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It's Water Under the Bridge
17 November 2007 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In the beautiful hills of Scotland, Lassie is a good-for-nothing collie. Afraid of water, the dog lets sheep drown. So, owner Rhys Williams (as Milton) trades her in, to lovable old doctor Edmund Gwenn (as William MacLure). Mr. Williams' son Tom Drake (as Tammas Milton) is studying doctoring with Mr. Gwenn, but his father wants him to be a farmer. Mr. Drake is courting pretty young Janet Leigh (as Margit Mitchell).

A colorful MGM gloss makes "Hills of Home" pleasant viewing, at times. The movie winds up far less carefully made than the initial scenic images suggest, however. It's nice to see Donald Crisp return to Lassie's supporting cast; his scenes with Gwenn provide some Scottish accented fun. Lassie veteran Tom Drake and starlet Janet Leigh are nice, but the lack of a child co-star hurts the story. Lassie's crossing of a river's broken bridge, to save her master, it a film highlight; though, it's difficult to accept Lassie was ever afraid of water.

**** Hills of Home (11/25/48) Fred M. Wilcox ~ Edmund Gwenn, Donald Crisp, Tom Drake, Lassie

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