Son of Lassie [VHS]
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Joe Carraclough has grown into adulthood as a World War II RAF airman. And Lassie's son Laddie is so devoted to him that he secretly stows away on the plane when Joe leaves on a bombing run.
When the plane is shot out of the sky over enemy-occupied Norway, Joe and Laddie parachute from the burning aircraft and begin their wartime adventures in this lively sequel. Peter Lawford and June Lockhart (long-time star of TV's Lassie) are Joe and Priscilla, parts previously played by Roddy McDowall and Elizabeth Taylor. Donald Crisp and Nigel Bruce return as savvy dog trainers. And ready to win the hearts and help win the war is a collie whose love matches his boundless courage.
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Like his mom, Laddie is happiest with Joe, so he keeps following him to the Royal Air Force training school. When Joe is sent off a dangerous mission, Laddie ends up hidden on the plane as a stowaway. Joe's plane is shot down in the Norwegian mountains and the pair are separated. For those who don't know the gist of WWII, suffice to say English officers didn't want to be found by Germans, so Joe has to try to make his way to safety while also trying to reunite with his beloved dog.
This movie features some glorious scenes of the Norwegian countryside and mountains. The first shot shows some of the over coloring that Technicolor was known for during its first appearance, but the rest is brilliantly done. The soundtrack does a fairly nice job of accenting the movie without overshadowing the movie sounds as well. The acting in Son of Lassie is done quite well, with Donald Crisp and Nigel Bruce reprising their roles as Sam Carraclough and the Duke of Rudling (respectively). Peter Lawford and June Lockhart bring the older Joe and Priscilla to life quite well.
One thing I've always loved about the original Lassie movies as compared to the TV shows and the "modern" Lassie movies, is that the dog was given a realistic amount of intelligence. There have been enough stories of dogs to know that it's not at all unrealistic for a dog to track its master anywhere. But unlike later Lassie's (especially the TV shows), the movie Lassie's don't display supernatural abilities to know something is wrong. He simply is looking for his owner. He doesn't go faster because he magically know's Joe is in danger or the like.
Like any of the original Lassie movies, I recommend any dog lover or family have this video in their collection. The story is thrilling and the scenery delightful the eye, and while it is set during a war, there are no gruesome killings or bloodbaths. That isn't to say there isn't any violence, obviously the plan is shot down and Joe must escape German soldiers, but it's not done in an over the top way.
The DVD transfer was well done, with no artifacting visible and no obvious flaws in the audio.
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