Lassie Come Home
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Female dogs tend to shed while in heat; this is why all the collies who've played doggy heroine Lassie in the movies have actually been well-disguised males. A magnificent animal named Pal was the screen's first Lassie in 1943's Lassie Come Home. Set in Yorkshire during the first World War, the film gets under way when the poverty-stricken parents (Donald Crisp, Elsa Lanchester) of young Joe Carraclough (Roddy McDowall) are forced to sell his beloved Lassie. While her new master, the duke of Rudling (Nigel Bruce), is pleasant enough, Lassie prefers the company of Joe and repeatedly… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"Lassie celebrates nothing more profound than the simple and timeworn relationship of a boy and a dog. It dramatizes the uncomplicated goodness of an animal in a complicated human world."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"A thorough delight."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"This film is a fairly well-balanced effort, and if you're in the mood for an evening of obvious sentiment, this boy-and-his-dog film works quite well."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's the classic shaggy dog story that began it all."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Sentimental slush."
‑ , Film4
"Lassie emerges as nice entertainment enhanced by color photography and good scenic shots."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The classic 1943 canine weepie about a collie who crosses most of Britain to return to the little boy who loves her."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Barkin' good moral-rich classic. But violent, too."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"As Old Yeller is the classic story of a boy and his dog, Lassie Come Home is the classic story of a dog and her boy."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"One of those rare and precious films that are to be enjoyed by all generations."
‑ Dragan Antulov,
"Nobody made this heart-warming fluff better than MGM."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"This was understandably inspiring to wartime audiences and actually still holds up as a heartwarming story with a very decent cast."
‑ Emma Cochrane, Empire Magazine
"MGM tear jerker supreme for dog and child fans."
‑ Steve Crum,
"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."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Still good family entertainment today."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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