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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14 December 2000 | dexter-10
| Boy loves dog, dog loves boy.
This is a fine movie for animal lovers, for it is far more that the usual canine showcase. It is an exceptionally well made film in terms of technical excellence. The dialogue is always appropriate, the cinematography is very good, and the color is flawless. As the movie progresses the symbiotic relationship between Joe (Peter Lawford) and Laddie (son of a Lassie) enhances both roles. The cultural setting is that of World War Two, and Laddie experiences the full range of wartime threats, from being bombed to being captured, and so on. The supporting actors are good beyond expectation, and the topography of Norway (even though the movie was filmed in Canada) is precise. What is particularly unique about this film is that Laddie is not portrayed as a human in dog's clothing. Laddie is a dog that does what dogs do, both rightly and wrongly. One wonders how many children in the post-war era better understood war and its dangers after seeing this film. There must have been many. Bottom line: Lawford is better as a member of the dog pack that he ever was as one of the rat pack. This movie should not be missed!

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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.


Village Padre: I don't think you will find a poor dog in this village. He wouldn't stop here. No refuse bins.
German Soldier: Why not?
Village Padre: Because there is no refuse.


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


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Adventure | Drama | Family | War

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