Courage of Lassie


Courage of Lassie

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This is the one where Lassie plays a war veteran with amnesia. Actually Lassie isn't even Lassie, but a male collie named Bill (at least he isn't asked to appear "in drag" like all the other cinematic Lassies). Raised from a pup by adolescent Elizabeth Taylor, the doggy hero becomes a sheep collie on rancher Frank Morgan's spread. Lassie--er, Bill--loses his memory when hit by a car. Later on, the dog finds himself in the K-9 corps, where he is trained to kill Japs (Lassie a racist? No, no, not that!) The dog returns home shell-shocked and ready to tear apart anyone who crosses his path. But the love of Elizabeth Taylor conquers all in the lachrymose Technicolor finale.

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Elizabeth Taylor
as Kathie Merrick
Frank Morgan
as Harry MacBain
Tom Drake
as Sgt. Smitty
Selena Royle
as Mrs. Merrick
Harry Davenport
as Judge Payson
Catherine McLeod
as Alice Merrick
Morris Ankrum
as Farmer Crews
Arthur J. Walsh
as Freddie Crews
Mitchell Lewis
as Farmer Elson
Jane Green
as Mrs. Ellison
David Holt
as Peter Merrick
William Lewin
as Sergeant
Minor Watson
as Sheriff Grayson
Byron Foulger
as Dr. Coleman
James Flavin
as Lt. Arnold
Charles Sullivan
as Officer Instructor
Arthur Space
as Officer
Douglas Cowan
as Sgt. Lewis
Lyle Mulhall
as Corporal
Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer
as Boy Hunter No. 1
Conrad Binyon
as Boy Hunter No. 2
Bill Wallace
as Sergeant Mac
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Critic Reviews for Courage of Lassie

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (4)

  • The principal human actors are excellent in their simple roles.

    Mar 25, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
    New York Times
    Top Critic
  • It takes all the kindness Kathie can muster to rehabilitate the canine veteran.

    Mar 24, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Courage of Lassie

  • Jan 16, 2008
    America's favourite collie plays the beloved canine whose adventures range from his wilderness puppyhood to wartime service to postwar stress to a moving family reunion is wonderful heroism and heartfelt story as I'm a collie dog lover that I ever had in my life. Elizabeth Taylor appeared in this second <i>Lassie</i> movie since 1943's <i>Lassie Come Home</i> who plays as Bill's (Lassie) master. And I took tears at the end what I see Taylor and Lassie finally reunited altogether happily. That scene reminded me of 1943 Lassie film - what a fantastic memories. I see Taylor's greatest fame came later, as a young woman, most people forget what a skillful child actress she was. Less burdened than at any later time by her beauty and fame, she is at her least self-conscious in these early performances. Untouched, she reveals in these animal stories her natural flair for tears and hugs - the paraphernalia of an emotional female.
    Dean M Super Reviewer

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