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Courage of Lassie

G Released Jul 24, 1946 1h 33m Drama List
Reviews 51% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Teen Kathie Eleanor Merrick (Elizabeth Taylor) finds a dog in the woods, takes him home and dubs him "Bill." But after Bill is injured and goes missing, the dog is shipped from hospital to military training center to Europe, where he aids the Americans during World War II. He and Kathie meet again, but Bill, hardened by the war, is quick to turn on strangers. Hoping to keep him out of trouble, Kathie gets help from volunteer lawyer Harry MacBain (Frank Morgan). Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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New York Times The principal human actors are excellent in their simple roles. Rated: 3.5/5 Mar 25, 2006 Full Review Nell Minow Movie Mom Rated: 4/5 Jun 9, 2005 Full Review TV Guide It takes all the kindness Kathie can muster to rehabilitate the canine veteran. Rated: 3/4 Mar 24, 2011 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: B- Jul 27, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member I love movies that revolve around animals, especially dogs. But this movie is horrible. I rank it as one of worst movies I've ever wasted time on. The acting stank stank stank, the plot was cliched (even for its day), and whoever did research for costuming and historical context (doubt anyone did) should have hot grease shot up their posterior ejection mechanism. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Ideal para verla con los hijos y sobrinos, el plus de una jovencisima Elizabeth Taylor Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Nice movie overall and good heart warming Lassie story Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member another good entry in this series Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Sentimental tale in which the the iconic doggie gets shot, run over, bombed and "busted up real bad" more times than Bruce Willis. Elizabeth Taylor shrieks and yaps her way through the unremarkable script that really nails its colours to the flag as coming from a simpler and less sophisticated age. The story has the young pup separated from mum in the wilds of America before being rescued by Taylor and trained as a sheep dog. Confusingly, despite the title, the dog is a male named Bill and later, during a stint in the US Army, Duke. Having heroically saved a platoon of soldiers, Duke turns savage and is retired from duty, going on to escape and terrorise the local chicken farmers. Rediscovered by Taylor, Bill is tried for his crimes before Frank Morgan -of Wizard of Oz fame- makes an timely plea in front of the court ensuring clemency and a return to rural bliss. The movie has some unintentionally funny moments such as when the young "Lassie" is pursued down a raging river by an obviously rubber wolf and there's an overall lack of realism to this sugary story. Probably only of interest to those after a nostalgia fix these days, this is of it's era and not a great example of such. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Ideal para verla con los hijos y sobrinos, el plus de una jovencisima Elizabeth Taylor. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Teen Kathie Eleanor Merrick (Elizabeth Taylor) finds a dog in the woods, takes him home and dubs him "Bill." But after Bill is injured and goes missing, the dog is shipped from hospital to military training center to Europe, where he aids the Americans during World War II. He and Kathie meet again, but Bill, hardened by the war, is quick to turn on strangers. Hoping to keep him out of trouble, Kathie gets help from volunteer lawyer Harry MacBain (Frank Morgan).
Director
Fred M. Wilcox
Producer
Robert Sisk
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Rating
G
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 24, 1946, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 2, 2012
Runtime
1h 33m
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