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

Approved | | Drama, Family | 17 July 1961 (USA)
The remarkable veritable story of a terrier named Bobby and the enduring friendship he forges with a tenderhearted shepherd known simply as Old Jock---unbroken even by the kindly old man's death.


Don Chaffey


Robert Westerby (screenplay), Eleanor Atkinson (story)




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)


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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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 »


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A Quiet Classic
4 September 2007 | by dsayneSee all my reviews

Watching this for the first time in nearly forty years I was prepared for a nice little animal show the likes of which Disney studios were well known for. I expected a pleasant, well made, but mostly average little movie. Instead I found an artfully rendered film; calm but powerful, subtle and deep. The look of the film is surprisingly gritty and realistic, with the only complaint that anyone could raise being that the children were perhaps a tad too clean. The characterizations are top notch, even the children! There's not a faker in the bunch! They are wholly believable. The pace of the film is steady, never rushed, never slow, and lends a sense of real time passing. Even though most adults will easily predict the ultimate outcome, they will not be bored or disappointed as it unfolds. This is the kind of film that should be required watching in elementary schools instead of some that are. There is much to learn here: of how people in a particular place and time lived, of human nature and interpersonal relationships, of responsibility and initiative. Parents be confident showing this to your children. Adults be amazed at how good a G-rated family film can be. My comment upon viewing the conclusion in my own living room, "Remarkable!"

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


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1.75 : 1
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