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Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog (1961)

Approved | | Drama, Family | 17 July 1961 (USA)
Scotland, 1865. An old shepherd and his little Skye Terrier Bobby go to Edinburgh. But when the shepherd dies of pneumonia, the dog remains faithful to his master, refuses to be adopted by ... See full summary »

Director:

Don Chaffey

Writers:

Robert Westerby (screenplay), Eleanor Atkinson (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Crisp ... James Brown
Laurence Naismith ... Mr. Traill
Alex Mackenzie ... Auld Jock
Duncan Macrae ... Sgt. Davie Maclean
Andrew Cruickshank Andrew Cruickshank ... Lord Provost
Gordon Jackson ... Farmer
Rosalie Crutchley ... Farmer's wife
Freda Jackson ... Old woman caretaker
Moultrie Kelsall ... Magistrate
Joyce Carey ... First Lady
Vincent Winter ... Tammy
Jameson Clark Jameson Clark ... Constable (as Jameson Clarke)
Jack Lambert Jack Lambert ... Doctor
Bruce Seton ... Prosecutor
Joan Juliet Buck ... Ailie (as Joan Buck)
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Storyline

Scotland, 1865. An old shepherd and his little Skye Terrier Bobby go to Edinburgh. But when the shepherd dies of pneumonia, the dog remains faithful to his master, refuses to be adopted by anyone, and takes to sleeping on his master's grave in the Greyfriars Kirkyard, despite a caretaker with a "no dogs" rule. And when Bobby is taken up for being unlicensed, it's up to the children of Edinburgh and the Lord Provost to decide what's to be done. Written by Kathy Li

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This is Bobby...the begrimed, bewitching little Skye Terrier who lived an astonishing adventure that sparked a city-wide uproar and wrought a heart-stealing miracle without equal! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog See more »

Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$721,203
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Donald Crisp (James Brown) and Gordon Jackson (Farmer) played the same character, albeit with different spelling, in separate adaptations of the 1932 novel "Mutiny on the Bounty" by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall: Crisp played Burkitt in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) while Jackson played Seaman Edward Birkett in Mutiny on the Bounty (1962). See more »

Quotes

Urchin: A Penny? A Whole Penny? Each?
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Connections

Referenced in Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

The Seventy-Ninth's Farewell to Gibraltar
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Traditional bagpipe tune
Arranged by John McDonald
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putting away the hanky
24 June 2006 | by oaksongSee all my reviews

I was probably 14 when I saw this film, back in the early 60's and I know I cried. I hadn't seen it since, although it was never far out of my memory, 'til I got the DVD recently and took the time to watch it again. It still brought a tear to my eye.

Time can play tricks on your memory, but this case it was as good a film as I recalled. It doesn't have any jump cuts, the camera work is simple and steady. The acting however is superb, bringing a genuine life to this mostly true story of a dog's faithfulness to it's departed master.

My family always had dogs, and I watched plenty of Lassie on TV and read the novels of Albert Payson Terhune, so I have always had a close relationship with dogs, my most recent being a 16 year old miniature dachshund.

If you can get your family to sit through it, I suggest it as a great alternative to what's on TV today.


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