Lassie Come Home

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Lassie Come Home is a 1943 MGM feature film starring Roddy McDowall and canine actor, Pal, in a story about the profound bond between Yorkshire boy Joe Carraclough and his rough collie, Lassie.[1] The film was directed by Fred M. Wilcox from a screenplay by Hugo Butler based upon the 1940 novel Lassie Come-Home by Eric Knight. The film was the first in a series of seven MGM films starring "Lassie."

The original film saw a sequel, Son of Lassie in 1945 with five other films following at intervals through the 1940s. A British remake of the 1943 movie was released in 2005 as Lassie to moderate success. The original film and its sequels continue to air on television and have been released to VHS and DVD.

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Plot

Set in Depression-era Yorkshire, England, Mr. and Mrs. Carraclough are hit by hard times and forced to sell their collie, Lassie, to the rich Duke of Rudling, who has always admired her. Young Joe Carraclough grows despondent at the loss of his companion. Lassie will have nothing to do with the Duke, however, and finds ways to escape her kennels and return to Joe. The Duke finally carries Lassie to his home hundreds of miles distant in Scotland. There, his granddaughter Priscilla senses the dog's unhappiness and arranges her escape. Lassie then sets off for a long trek to her Yorkshire home and the boy who loves her. She faces many perils along the way—dog catchers and a violent storm—but also meets kind people who offer her aid and comfort. At the end, when Joe has given up hope of ever seeing his dog again, the weary Lassie returns to her favorite resting place in the schoolyard at home. There, Lassie is joyfully reunited with the boy she loves.

Cast

  • Pal as Lassie, a collie and the companion animal to the boy, Joe Carraclough. Pal was credited as "Lassie" (rather than Pal) in the film.
  • Roddy McDowall as Joe Carraclough, a Yorkshire schoolboy and Lassie's companion human and guardian.
  • Donald Crisp as Sam Carraclough, Joe's father.
  • Elsa Lanchester as Mrs. Carraclough, Joe's mother.
  • Nigel Bruce as Duke of Rudling, grandfather to Priscilla.
  • Elizabeth Taylor as Priscilla, a young girl sympathetic to Lassie's plight and the Duke of Rudling's granddaughter.
  • Dame May Whitty as Dally, an elderly woman who aids Lassie on her journey homeward, and is married to Dan'l Fadden.
  • Ben Webster as Dan'l Fadden, married to Dally.
  • Edmund Gwenn as Rowlie, a tinker who befriends Lassie during her trek.
  • J. Pat O'Malley as Hynes
  • Alan Napier as Jock
  • Arthur Shields as Andrew
  • John Rogers as Snickers
  • Alec Craig as Buckles

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