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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 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 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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Drama | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Greyfriars Bobby See more »

Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK See more »

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Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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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

Being a dog, Bobby couldn't be buried in consecrated ground in the Kirkyard. Instead, he is buried under a triangular area of land just inside the Kirkyard gates; a little distance from the grave of Auld Jock. See more »

Quotes

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

Remade as The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Seventy-Ninth's Farewell to Gibraltar
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One of the best examples of dogs's incredible loyalty
30 January 2011 | by Atreyu_IISee all my reviews

This Disney oldie was directed by Don Chaffey, the same who directed "The Three Lives of Thomasina" and "Pete's Dragon" and, like the famous story of Hachiko, is based in a true story, in this case of a Skye Terrier named Greyfriars Bobby that lived in the 19th century (in Edinburgh, Scotland) and became famous for reportedly spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until his own death.

In the film (I'm not sure how it was in real life) Greyfrairs Bobby, despite guarding his owner's grave, doesn't spend the whole time there waiting for him to come back. People feed him well and he gets along beautifully with most everyone, especially children.

The film was shot in England and Scotland. Its looks very dated but rich cinematography is one of its virtues, thanks to the enchantment and natural beauty of the Scottish scenario.

I noticed that they often use the expressions "laddie" and "lassie", which are often used by Jock the Scottish Terrier in 'Lady and the Tramp'.

Considering their roles, most actors are alright. But the star is definitely the little great star. Now, who can that be? That's the doggy, of course!

The dog is cute and utterly adorable. His loyalty to his owner in life and even long after death is worthy to be considered and admired. Despite being a dramatic film it has some fun moments. The children of the film are all nice and enjoyable.

Overall, a reasonable film, realistic, poignant. Its only let-down is the courtroom scenes and the rather annoying policeman who looked like a caricature of himself.


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