The Painted Hills (Lassie's Adventures in the Goldrush) (Lassie's Christmas Story) (1951) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Painted Hills (Lassie's Adventures in the Goldrush) (Lassie's Christmas Story) (1951)

The Painted Hills (Lassie's Adventures in the Goldrush) (Lassie's Christmas Story) (1951)

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Alexander Hull's novel Shep of the Painted Hills was refashioned into a traditional Lassie vehicle by screenwriter True Boardman. The noble collie turns avenger this time out, hoping to bring the murderer of her master to justice. The perpetrator, played by Bruce Cowling, is hounded (no pun intended) into meeting a fate similar to the one he meted out to the victim. Filmed on a somewhat lower budget than previous Lassie endeavors, The Painted Hills benefits greatly from its all-character-actor cast, headed by Paul Kelly and Ann Doran. The film was lensed in Technicolor, making it a valuable commodity in the formative days of locally-produced color TV in the late 1950s-early 1960s.
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G
Genre:
Classics , Kids & Family , Western
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MGM

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Cast

Paul Kelly
as Jonathan Harvey
Bruce Cowling
as Lin Taylor
Gary Gray
as Tommy Blake
Art Smith
as Pilot Pete
Ann Doran
as Martha Blake
Chief Yowlachie
as Bald Eagle
Don Kay Reynolds
as Red Wing
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Critic Reviews for The Painted Hills (Lassie's Adventures in the Goldrush) (Lassie's Christmas Story)

All Critics (1)

Gold, greed, Old West violence, and a smart dog.

Full Review… | November 15, 2016
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for The Painted Hills (Lassie's Adventures in the Goldrush) (Lassie's Christmas Story)

½

The plot is intriguing enough, but there's a lot of corny moments, particularly towards the end. Obviously the dog is the best part, but the rest of the characters work well. The film can't get pass its slow moments and sad bits though.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad

I've never seen a dog commit a revenge murder before - it was interesting, although not the best movie.

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer

½

Ok, this film is breath taking? Pleeeeeease. Well, maybe its pretty good, being shot in Oregon no less, my favorite state of the union. The scenery is great, in the snow covered mountains of the northwest U.S. Here Lassie takes to the mountains. Features more shots of Lassie than most. Set in the 1870's. MGM shot this one which means it can't be all that bad. Worth your time, once at least. 1 hour ten minutes. Color. 1951 per vhs jacket cover info. I can't lie to you, this film was a bit hard to sit through. The acting is pretty basic from everyone but Lassie, who literally steals every scene. Maybe its supposed to be that way. That dog was damn talented and if it didn't recieve some sort of Oscar for canine legend..... well, it should have. NOTES: 1 The Painted Hills was the seventh, and final, MGM Lassie film released. 2 Lassie is a stage name for several dog actors. The fictional character was created by Eric Knight in a short story expanded to novel length called Lassie Come-Home. Published in 1940, the novel was filmed by MGM in 1943 as Lassie Come Home with a talented dog named Pal playing Lassie. Pal then appeared with the stage name "Lassie" in six other MGM feature films through 1951. Pal's owner and trainer Rudd Weatherwax then acquired the Lassie name and trademark from MGM and appeared with Pal (as "Lassie") at rodeos, fairs, and similar events across America in the early 1950s. In 1954, the long running, Emmy winning television series Lassie debuted, and, over the next 19 years, a succession of Pal's descendants appeared on the series. The "Lassie" character has appeared in radio, television, film, toys, comic books, animated series, juvenile novels, and other media. Pal's descendants continue to play Lassie today. Cast Pal (credited as Lassie) as Shep Paul Kelly as Jonathan Harvey Bruce Cowling as Lin Taylor Gary Gray as Tommy Blake Ann Doran as Martha Blake Art Smith as Pilot Pete Andrea Virginia Lester as Mita Chief Yowlachie as Bald Eagle Brown Jug Reynolds as Red Wing

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