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March 10, 2016
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.
½ December 15, 2015
An undisputed classic, Lassie Come Home is a heartwarming and brave flick that focuses the dog in Lassie, and her defiant struggles. Noted supporting cast members include Roddy McDowall (Fright Night) and Elizabeth Taylor in their youth, both giving cute and wonderful performances.
October 18, 2015
the original boy 7 his dog pic that spawned many many more
½ May 12, 2015
A wonderful story about a boy and his dog. Possibly the first movie of that type too.

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.
January 13, 2015
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.
November 16, 2014
A movie with a dog in it, WTF.
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.
½ November 1, 2014
Classic movie where we see a very young Liz Taylor and Roddy McDowell in their first roles! Oscar winning performance from Lassie!
October 28, 2014
A good family flick about loyalty and overcoming all odds for love. Good for all ages.
½ August 5, 2014
(First and only viewing - 12/14/2013)
August 4, 2014
I've never cried so much in my life.
½ May 28, 2014
Lassie Come Home is an excellent film. It is about a collie named Lassie escapes from her new owner and begins the long trek from Scotland to her Yorkshire home. Roddy McDowall and Donald Crisp give amazing performances. The screenplay is well written. Fred M. Wilcox did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this movie because of the drama and adventure. Lassie Come Home is a must see.
August 13, 2013
A wonderful family film full of tenderness, beauty and inspiration. It is hard not to cry if you give up to feelings too easily, specially if you see "Lassie Come Home". It isn't only for children, it is for those young of heart who expect life to be wonderful. A movie is good when happens to be heart-pounding and touching like this one. Simply wonderful!
½ June 19, 2013
A dog who was sold for financial reasons treks across the English countryside to reunite with his best friend and master played by a young Roddy McDowell. If that isn't loyalty, I don't know what is.

Grade: B+
June 19, 2013
One of the most beloved dogs in film history appears for the first time in this well-known film.

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.
May 6, 2013
Good movie and nice story overall and it was great to see some veteran actors in action
December 20, 2012
A very nice story about a beloved collie. This movie is a classic and should not be missed however there are several parts that will make even the most mature people cry.
December 7, 2012
Actually dont come home !
May 15, 2012
shut up other dudes lassie comehome is beautyful and elisabeth is gorgeous
March 23, 2012
Very sweet film, and classic children's tale. One for the whole family.
½ March 4, 2012
This is a wonderful, great, and heart warming movie that started it all for Lassie. It also features the late Elizabeth Taylor who plays Priscilla. She makes an impact as she becomes friends with Lassie and her family. A good family film that one will remember for many years to come.
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