Lassie Come Home (1943)
The beloved collie named Pal made her (actually, his) screen debut in this touching family classic based on Eric Knight’s novel. The Carracloughs, a poor British family in Depression-era Yorkshire, sell their dog, Lassie, to a wealthy duke (Nigel Bruce) in order to make ends meet. Taken to distant Scotland, the dauntless dog braves violent storms and the pursuit of dog catchers, to make her way home to her cherished companion, Joe (Roddy McDowall). Donald Crisp, Elsa Lanchester, Elizabeth Taylor co-star star in the first of seven Lassie films from MGM. 89 min. C/Rtg: G
Son Of Lassie (1945)
Terrific sequel to "Lassie Come Home" finds Lassie's (played by Pal) son, Laddie (also Pal), helping his now grown-up master and RAF pilot Joe Carraclough (Peter Lawford) defeat the Nazis in Europe during World War II. Shot down over Nazi-occupied Norway--with war dog Laddie stowed aboard--Joe is taken to a POW camp. Can Laddie avoid the pursuit of the Germans and lead her companion out of captivity and to safety? Donald Crisp, June Lockhart, and Nigel Bruce co-star. 100 min. C/Rtg: G
Courage Of Lassie (1946)
The third "Lassie" series entry (though minus the character Lassie) finds a precocious collie--here, an unmistakable male named "Bill" (played by Pal)--raised as a foundling by farm girl named Kathie (Elizabeth Taylor) and trained as a shepherd. Cruel fate separates the two, and the unidentified pooch gets shunted into K-9 corps duty overseas. Will the trauma he endures prevent a happy reunion? Frank Morgan, Tom Drake, Harry Davenport co-star. 92 min. C/Rtg: G
Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French; bonus shorts.