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Lassie Come Home (1943)

Roddy McDowall , Donald Crisp , Fred M. Wilcox , Gunther von Fritsch  |  G |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Roddy McDowall, Donald Crisp, Dame May Whitty, Edmund Gwenn, Nigel Bruce
  • Directors: Fred M. Wilcox, Gunther von Fritsch
  • Writers: Alice Dalgliesh, Buddy Adler, Eric Knight, Herbert Morgan, Hugo Butler
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000294U5A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,533 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lassie Come Home" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Vintage short "Fala"
  • Lassie trailer gallery

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Genre: Feature Film Family
Rating: G
Release Date: 24-AUG-2004
Media Type: DVD

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars COMING HOME WITH THIS COLLIE IS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR! August 23, 2004
By Nix Pix
Who would have thought that a collie could inspire such loyalty and devotion from movie goers? When Loewes Inc. President Nicholas Schenk first screened "Lassie Come Home" he reportedly told director, Fred Wilcox that it was so bad he was going to recommend to MGM's mogul, L.B. Mayer, that the film not be released. Thankfully, Mayer thought otherwise and the film, with all its maudlin charm and abundantly potent sentimentality, became one of the biggest grossing films of 1943. What makes "Lassie Come Home" such an engaging and enduring cinematic experience is the tender and wistful relationship between Joe Carraclough (Roddy McDowell) and his loyal four-legged companion. When Joe's father, Sam (Donald Crisp) is forced to sell Lassie to the wealthy, Duke of Rudling (Nigel Bruce), Joe's heart is shattered. But the collie refuses to stay with his new master, crossing hill and dale, stream and mountain in a picturesque trek that is in the best tradition of travelogue meets melodrama. At the age of ten, Elizabeth Taylor completely captivates as Pricilla, the Duke's granddaughter who eventually realizes that the bond between Joe and Lassie can never and should never be broken. Truthfully, I found myself getting a lump in the throat when at last Joe - who can't believe his eyes when, after some time Lassie suddenly appears patiently waiting for him outside in the school yard - utters the now much clichéd and overplayed "Oh, there's my Lassie, come home!" This film is the sort of MGM glamorous treatment that all of the studio's best movies had in spades. It's lushly photographed and vibrantly told with poignant performances that have long withstood the test of time.

Warner's DVD is somewhat of a disappointment.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Love of a Dog for a Boy November 22, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This is a superb film, taken nearly word-for-word from Eric Knight's novel about the faithful collie who travels a thousand miles from northern Scotland to England to return to the boy she loves. Lassie is neither Superdog or magically endowed, just following ancient instincts and the love in her heart. The entire cast is marvelous, the color brings the countryside to life, and small scenes will tear your heart out, including Dame May Whitty as a lonely old lady willing to let Lassie go rather than have her fret.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Here we have the "ultimate", Lassie experience with the classic film that first introduced this famous Collie to moviegoers in 1943. Film and TV audiences ever since have had an ongoing love affair with this beautiful dog that always seemed to understand humans better than they often did themselves. It was these "human", qualities that Lassie seemed to possess that made her so endearing to audiences and which made her a movie icon. I know I grew up watching the Lassie television series starring child actor Tommy Rettig however it is this beautiful movie which shows Lassie in her prime, full of love for her master, tremendous strength of character often under difficult circumstances, and a touching warmth that made her almost human and was guaranteed to tug at the heart strings. "Lassie Come Home", provided yet another stunning showcase for child actor Roddy McDowall as Lassie's devoted master Joe and was also very significant in marking the MGM debut of an incredibly beautiful 10 year old Elizabeth Taylor as Priscilla thus beginning the long career of this legendary actress.
Originally there were not high hopes for this "dog picture", as it was termed, so much so that the film was relegated to MGM's "B" department as a minor feature to possibly please wartime audiences. Strangely for a second string film it was shot in colour which was a blessing as it greatly enhanced the story of a Collie's efforts to cross a whole country to return to her master. The immortal story of Joe Carraclough (Roddy McDowall) whose love aand devotion to his pet Collie Lassie is mutually shared is just as touching now as it was for war time audiences. Joe is the only son of struggling family head Sam Carraclough (Donald Crisp)who is currently out of work.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When we were young May 6, 2007
When I was a little boy I used to go to the movies every week and three of the great films that Ill never forget are those of the wonder dog Lassie the heart warming stories are magnificently captored in these dvd that i bought from Amazon . If your'e looking for some family and clean entertainment I suggest to readers to buy these films from Amazon at great price for such great films. John Fenech Malta.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Becky
Format:VHS Tape
This beautiful movie is a wonderful tale about love and loyalty. When Lassie is separated from her master, it breaks both their hearts, but instead of remaining heartbroken, Lassie decides to venture home over one of the most perilous journeys ever depicted on film, all for the sake of love and loyalty. It was the movie that caused us to fall in love with Lassie, and the fact that it is still considered a classic almost sixty years after its initial release makes it obvious that the love we feel for Lassie will never die.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lassie rekindles nostalgia December 26, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This was my family video gift this Christmas for all my children to enjoy with their children. As a child I watched Lassie on TV faithfully and like many children of the 50's yearned for a collie dog like Lassie. These movies were before my time and so I discovered them as an adult. I was amused to see that George Cleveland (Gramps in the TV series) was in Courage of Lassie (my favorite of the trilogy). Elizabeth Taylor was enchanting as Kathy and Frank Morgan is one of my all time favorite character actors of that period. These movies are timeless as they represent sweetness, honesty and love shared between friends, family and animals. I love the sequences with the nature animals in "Courage' as it was an excercise in love and patience to film these lovely creatures without the use of digital prowess. These are films of simple values that remain in our hearts for a lifetime. I wanted my children and grandchildren to experience the simplicity of a storyline that remains visually fresh and universal. Each year I select a video that is entertaining for all ages in movieland's purest form...Lassie's adventures are true winners; for canine lovers they are a must see.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lassie Come Home
This is a classic movie that endears everyone who watches this to Lassie. A timeless movie..There are sad parts, but overall a good family film.
Published 16 days ago by Patricia E. Hagen
5.0 out of 5 stars Viewing Lassie Come Home
I really enjoyed this old classic. I'm a fan of Roddy McDowall and I love to see him as a child actor. This movie is for dog lovers who know that dogs feel just as much as humans. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mary M. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars nice movie
bought this for my son. he likes it very much. He has borrowed it from the library and it wore out. Now he has his own copy.
Published 3 months ago by cherubini
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Lassie Films
Got this for my daughter who loves the old movies. So nice to see these two Lassie films in one box. Read more
Published 4 months ago by addie
5.0 out of 5 stars Much to learn from Lassie
Bought it for my grandson to enjoy and appreciate the values it teaches. We need to transmit more than violent games to our young people if a free America is to survive.
Published 4 months ago by selma alpert
5.0 out of 5 stars Lassie Classics
Lassie come home has always been my mums favorite so I brought all the lassies on the same disc. It was worth the money as memories are more important than anything else, Yes this... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robyn B. Mcgorm
5.0 out of 5 stars THE TRUE STORY OF LASSIE
Published 5 months ago by RUSS
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love
All these moves have ever thing that a Lassie Fan needs, If you have stayed up late on a Saturday night as a kid to watch them and loved it's magic. They still have them.
Published 5 months ago by Suzie
5.0 out of 5 stars A necessity for growing children.
Truely a way for young readers to develop empathy. Many children do not have exposure to these heartwarming
stories that touch the heart. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Joan Thielmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Lassie Come Home
Wonderful film for kids and adults. The scenery is beautiful and the story is touching. Make sure to have a hankie at the ready!
Published 7 months ago by Charlene
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