Son of Lassie (1945)

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Laddie (Son of Lassie !) and his master are trapped in Norway during WW2 - has he inherited his mothers famous courage ?

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4 July 2002 | Doylenf
One of the best Lassie films...gorgeous locations...
Breathtakingly beautiful location photography (Banff National Park, Canada) provides a colorful background for a war story involving Lassie, Peter Lawford, June Lockhart, Donald Crisp, Leon Ames, William Severn and an early performance by Terry Moore when she was a child actress.

Dealing with the warm relationship between Joe (Peter Lawford) and his war-trained pup, it has moments of high suspense, humor and classic Lassie challenges as the dog attempts to become reunited with his master. Not as overtly sentimental as "Lassie Come Home", it scores on its own as one of the best in the string of Lassie films MGM made following the success of the first one.

The war scenes are well handled with much of the action having a realistic look, as does the German village, with everyone contributing their own well acted moments to an intriguing film. Little William Severn is appealing as the boy who discovers the wounded dog and must protect it from the German soldiers. June Lockhart is refreshingly natural as Lawford's sweetheart and there are the usual pleasant performances from Donald Crisp and Nigel Bruce. Lawford and Lassie have some strenuous stunts to perform in the rapids as they escape.

Definitely a Lassie film worth watching.

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Did You Know?


This film was first telecast in Seattle Saturday 15 June 1957 on KING (Channel 5) and in Philadelphia Sunday 16 June 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); it first aired in Altoona PA 23 June 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Chicago 7 July 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Phoenix 21 July 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Portland OR 3 August 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in New York City 9 September 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), in New Haven CT 26 October 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Hartford CT 19 November 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Fresno CA 1 December 1957 on KMJ (Channel 24), in San Francisco 2 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7) and in Los Angeles 3 April 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11). Laddie finally found his way to Minneapolis 7 May 1959 on WMSP (Channel 9). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later.


Joe Carraclough: You know something, Laddie? You've got to understand something before we go back home this time. One of the little things about war is you can't have your dog. You're a very little thing for me to give up... many are giving up their children. I ...


Toward the end of the movie, while Joe and Laddie are escaping the work camp, Laddie bites the leg of a Nazi soldier. The "bait" to make Laddie bite can be seen under the pants-leg, in Laddie's mouth.


Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
Music by
Edvard Grieg
Adapted by Herbert Stothart


Plot Summary


Adventure | Drama | Family | War

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