Film: Lassie Come Home.
Starring: Roddy McDowall, Donald Crisp, Dame May Whitty, Edmund Gwenn, Elizabeth Taylor, Nigel Bruce, Elsa Lanchester and J. Patrick O'Malley.
Directed by: Fred M. Wilcox.
Story written by: Eric Knight "Lassie Come Home (novel)".
Screenplay written by: Hugo Butler.
Distributed by: © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Theatrical Release Date: October 7, 1943 (USA)
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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. 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. In 1954, the Emmy-winning, long-running television series Lassie debuted on CBS, further cementing Lassie's iconic status and making her a babyboomer favorite. 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.
Set in Depression-era Yorkshire, England, Mr. and Mrs. Carraclough (Donald Crisp and Elsa Lanchester) are hit by hard times and forced to sell their rough collie Lassie to the rich Duke of Rudling (Nigel Bruce), who has always admired her. Young Joe Carraclough (Roddy McDowall) grows despondent with 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 (Elizabeth Taylor) senses the dog's unhappiness and arranges her escape. Lassie
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