Lassie Come Home (1943)
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Critic Reviews for Lassie Come Home
Lassie celebrates nothing more profound than the simple and timeworn relationship of a boy and a dog. It dramatizes the uncomplicated goodness of an animal in a complicated human world.
Lassie emerges as nice entertainment enhanced by color photography and good scenic shots.
The classic 1943 canine weepie about a collie who crosses most of Britain to return to the little boy who loves her.
Audience Reviews for Lassie Come Home
Lassie come home 1943 Starts off in Edenbourow England. They sold Lassie for money and could not afford money to pay for food for Lassie. Lassie dug herself out first time and second time jumped over the fens. Lassie to go to Scotland for a dog show. Heinz the dog handler does not like Lassie. They go to Northern Scotland very mountainous landscape. At 4:00 P.M. Lassie would always want out for meeting for school. Lassie encounters small traveling wagon trick show where small dog named Tuts does tricks like pick up different color rings or jumping through rings. Two burglars have a fight and knock out and kill Tuts in the fight with clubs. I think this film is better because it deals with loss and there is an evident risk where we see the consequences. Lassie jumps out of a two story building and gets a limped foot when trying to escape the dog catcher. Lassie is starving refuses to eat soup. I feel like the story and characters I am invested in and people die that you care about so story is stronger. The ending links and sets up to the next film Son of Lassie.
Lassie Come Home has lovable characters (especially the endearing old man near the end), remarkable cinematography, fine performances, solid score and heartwarming moments. It has a standard, simple and predictable plot which is pretty much stretched as far as it could have been stretched, but that ride is worth a watch due to warm tone, fine adventures and effervescent characters you meet along the way and it is an all around fun little flick. It is one of the most famous dog movies and, while nowhere near as good as Old Yeller, it still is a nice and fun film in its own right.
Lassie Come Home? No, Lassie please leave! That's the real problem in this movie, Lassie wont stay away. The family is too poor to keep the dog, so they sell it, but it keeps coming back home. This really got on my nerves, not only that , but the scenes with Lassie fighting bears in the woods so he could get back home were so crazy and ridiculous that I hated this movie. I did like Roddy McDowall in the movie, though, he was good, so I gave the movie more stars than it deserved.