Courage of Lassie (1946)

Courage of Lassie (1946)





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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.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Kids & Family
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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
Windy Cook
as Youth
Donald Curtis
as Charlie
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)

The principal human actors are excellent in their simple roles.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

It takes all the kindness Kathie can muster to rehabilitate the canine veteran.

Full Review… | March 24, 2011
TV Guide

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July 26, 2005

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June 9, 2005
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

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September 15, 2004
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Courage of Lassie


Loyal collie Lassie stars as Bill, a pup who becomes separated from his family and is accidentally shot by two boys. Taylor is Kathie, the sweet girl who rescues Bill. Courage of Lassie is oneof the most exciting and entertaining family films ever and has remained popular with fans of all ages. Some war scenes. An hour and a half in color. While not a stunner, this one makes even the coldest hearted fan a believer in the fate of a young dog lost in adversity. Lassie, the wonder collie, is cast as Bill. Frank Morgan of Wizard of Oz (as THE wizard himself), plays a part in this too. Make no mistake, if you start this film, as crude as it is, you will not stop it. NOTES about the film: 1 Courage of Lassie is the third of seven MGM films featuring a canine star called Lassie, who, in actuality, was a male collie named Pal. 2 Courage of Lassie was fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Taylor's second "Lassie" film as she had appeared in Lassie Come Home in the minor role of the Duke of Rudling's granddaughter, Priscilla. 3 Taylor received the first top billing of her career with Courage of Lassie. Cast Pal, (credited as Lassie) as Bill, a rough collie and Kathie Merrick's companion animal Elizabeth Taylor as Kathie Merrick, a young girl living on a sheep ranch Selena Royle as Mrs. Merrick, her mother Catherine McLeod as Alice Merrick, her sister David Holt as Pete Merrick, her brother Frank Morgan as Harry MacBain, a shepherd Tom Drake as Sergeant Smitty, Bills' trainer in the Army Bill Wallace as Sergeant Mac, Smitty's friend Harry Davenport as Judge Payson George Cleveland as Old Man, Bill's original owner Morris Ankrum as Farmer Crews, a Merrick neighbor Mitchell Lewis as Gil Elson, a Merrick neighbor Jane Green as Mrs. Elson, Gil Elson's wife Minor Watson as Sheriff Ed Grayson Donald Curtis as Charlie, a truck driver Clancy Cooper as Casey, a truck driver Carl Switzer as First Youth, a hunter Conrad Binyon as Second Youth, a hunter Directed by Fred M. Wilcox Produced by Robert Sisk Written by Lionel Houser Music by Scott Bradley Bronislau Kaper Cinematography Leonard Smith Editing by Conrad A. Nervig Distributed by MGM COLOR Release date(s) November 8, 1946 /

monsieur rick
monsieur rick

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 Lassie movie since 1943's Lassie Come Home 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 McKenna
Dean McKenna

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