Lassie Come Home

V'15

Lassie Come Home

Fred W. Wilcox
USA, 1943
89min, OF

Quelle: Österreichisches Filmmuseum

Lassie Come Home

Fred W. Wilcox
USA, 1943
, 89min, OF

Cast: 
Roddy McDowall
Joe Carraclough
Donald Crisp
Sam Carraclough
Elsa Lanchester
Mrs. Carraclough
Elizabeth Taylor
Priscilla
Nigel Bruce
Herzog von Rudling
Screenplay: 
Hugo Butler based on a model by Eric Knight
Sound: 
Douglas Shearer
Camera: 
Leonard Smith
Charles P. Boyle
Editor: 
Ben Lewis
Composer: 
Daniele Amfitheatrof
Decoration: 
Cedric Gibbons

Production: 
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Format: 
35 mm
Color

LASSIE COME HOME gives the screen’s first dog star, Rin Tin Tin, a run for his money, mostly thanks to its rich Technicolor cinematography and its top-shelf cast. Set in days gone by where everyone talks in “thees” and “thous”, a poor Yorkshire family owns a magnificent collie, Lassie, who knows what time her boy Joe gets out of school each day. Unfortunately, the boy’s father is unemployed and the family is forced to sell the dog to a wealthy Scottish dog enthusiast with a big-hearted granddaughter. Hauled off to Scotland, Lassie finds a way to escape and travels cross-country to get back to Joe. Unlike Rin-Tin-Tin, Lassie was not really an “actor”. She looks as if she’s paying attention to an off-screen trainer rather than "playing" the scene. But she followed orders well and did some amazing stunts, like hobbling back to the schoolyard on a “broken” leg to meet her boy. She also had screen personality to burn. “Lassie” was created by Eric Knight, a British soldier who fought in World War I and – having adopted the U.S. as his home – died in World War II as an American soldier. Released in 1943, in the thick of the war, LASSIE COME HOME is respectfully dedicated to him. (Jeffrey M. Anderson)

With GOOD-BYE, MY LADY