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We talked about Lassie before as a TV dog (you can read that blog post here: Famous TV Dogs: Lassie), but before Lassie was on television, she was in the movies.
Lassie Come Home was a 1943 MGM movie starring Roddy McDowell and collie Pal. When Lassie is sold to a wealthy man, she finds a way to return home to the boy who loves her.
Son of Lassie (1945) continues the story with the same boy, now grown
up. It is about Lassie's son who becomes a "war dog" during World War
II. This movie stars Peter Lawford and June Lockhart - who later
appeared in the Lassie TV series.
Courage of Lassie (1946) is about a collie named Bill who loves a young girl (played by a young Elizabeth Taylor). He is separated from her and becomes a war dog. However, he finds his way back to the home he loves. This movie costars Frank Morgan, the wizard from The Wizard of Oz.
Hills of Home (1948) is about a Scottish doctor who has a dog named Lassie. Lassie is afraid of water, but fights this fear to rescue the doctor. The doctor in this movie is played by Edmund Gwenn, who played Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street.
The Sun Comes Up (1949) tells the story of a former opera singer (Jeanette MacDonald) who lives with her dog Lassie and bonds with a young orphan in the Brushy Gap area of the Smoky Mountains near Asheville.
Challenge to Lassie (1949) is about a collie so devoted to her deceased person that she does not want to leave his grave.
The Painted Hills (Lassie's Adventures in the Goldrush) is a 1951 movie about a collie who wants to find revenge when her person is murdered.
In all seven original Lassie movies, the role was played by Pal. Pal was a male Rough Collie who lived 18 years (1940 - 1958).
There are also later Lassie movies after this series of 7 collie films: Lassie's Great Adventures (1963, made for TV), The Magic of Lassie (1978), and remakes of Lassie in 1994 and 2005.
Have you seen any of the Lassie movies, or the Lassie TV series? I would love to hear from you in the comments, below.