Lassie Come Home Reviews
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.
Simple yet heart-warming plot, great cinematography and scenery and some great performances.
Movie features some stars in the making. Roddy McDowall is hardly recognisable at 14 years old, and puts in a solid performance as the boy. Elizabeth Taylor was only 10/11, and acting in her second movie, when she appeared in this.
Good supporting cast too.
And let's not forget the performance of the dog who plays Lassie - great work from her.
Great, classic, movie and suitable for all ages.
Not just a dog in a film, but with humans, including Roddy McDowall, Donald Crisp and Elizabeth Taylor.
This film remains a masterpiece in 1943.
Lassie Come Home tells the story of a boy named Joe Carraclough (Roddy McDowall) who has a close bond with his dog Lassie. He lives with his parents (Daniel Crisp and Elsa Lanchester, yes, the bride of Frankenstein herself) in Yorkshire around the time of WWI. When the parents can't afford Lassie anymore, they sell Lassie to the Duke of Rudling (Nigel Bruce), who is very fond of dogs, and has a granddaughter (Elizabeth Taylor) who promises to care for her. After taking Lassie to Scotland, Lassie, still missing her old home, runs away and takes a long and difficult journey to find her way back home.
Also in the film, Edmund Gwenn, best known for playing Santa Claus in the original Miracle on 34th Street, plays Rowlie, a handyman who helps Lassie along the way, while Dame May Whitty and Ben Webster play farmers who also take a liking to Lassie during her journey.
Generally, I am a sucker to dog movies, and Lassie Come Home is one of them. The dog, Lassie, is a well-trained dog and probably has the best acting in the entire film, which is weird cause Lassie was played by a male dog, due to female dogs shedding in heat. But they disguised the gender well to make the dog acting believable, and they pulled it off well.
The other casting is great as well. Roddy McDowall, while a little melodramatic at times, such as whining over losing Lassie, is pretty good as the boy, fresh off from playing the kid in How Green Was My Valley (if you haven't seen that yet, then get on it right away). The parents, played by Donald Crisp and Elsa Lanchester, well also well-cast and the scenes with Crisp and McDowall were pretty moving, which helps a lot cause they also were a father/son team in How Green Was My Valley. Elizabeth Taylor, while having a small role, is really strong here, especially considering this was her second film, and Edmund Gwenn was a nice surprise as well.
Filmed in Technicolor, Lassie Comes Homes uses the color at some of its strongest, especially in the journey scenes, even though some of them get boring. The score moves us through, and when the film gets emotional, so does the score.
Some of the situations Lassie gets into bored me a bit, but these scenes are brief and I was still rooting for the dog to return home.
In the end, Lassie Comes Home is a wonderful doggie film, with a well-trained dog, a mostly moving story for the whole family, and some pretty good Technicolor. Recommended.