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

Approved | | Family, Drama | 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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... James Brown
... Mr. Traill
Alex Mackenzie ... Auld Jock
... Sgt. Davie Maclean
Andrew Cruickshank ... Lord Provost
... Farmer
... Farmer's wife
... Old woman caretaker
... Magistrate
... First Lady
Vincent Winter ... Tammy
Jameson Clark ... Constable (as Jameson Clarke)
Jack Lambert ... Doctor
... Prosecutor
... Ailie (as Joan Buck)
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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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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 »


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The Seventy-Ninth's Farewell to Gibraltar
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Traditional bagpipe tune
Arranged by John McDonald
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A well-made film about why dogs are our best friends.
25 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

The story of Greyfriars Bobby is one familiar to most Scottish schoolchildren and this film is a worthy adaptation of a very endearing tale. 'Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog' is set in 1865 where an ageing shepherd from the Highlands and his faithful Skye terrier Bobby visit Edinburgh. But when the shepherd succumbs to pneumonia and is buried in a local cemetery of Greyfriars Kirk, Bobby remains loyal to his master, sleeping on his grave and only leaving to search for food. In those days, dogs had to be licensed but, when the local police try to take him to the pound to be put down, the children of Edinburgh and the city's Lord Provost (who incidentally was director of the Scottish SPCA) rally to save him.

Although the film is not exact on all the details of the story, nevertheless, it is a very warm and touching film about why dogs are possibly the most loyal and devoted creatures on this planet (we humans could probably learn a thing or two from them, in that respect). The Scottish setting is well-depicted and there were few wobbly accents to be heard since most of the cast were actually Scottish.

'Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog' remains one of Disney's best films and hasn't dated much despite being more than thirty years old.


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