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Lassie the Dog
'The World's Most Famous Pet'


color publicity photograph of movie & TV star Lassie the Dog          short history

Lassie movies

Lassie radio & TV

works about Lassie

principals

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June Lockhart (who played Timmy's mom for 6 seasons) spoke in an interview about the unbelievable things that they asked Lassie to do.
In one episode, Mom/June was caught in a bear trap and told Lassie to go home and get a C-clamp (she pantomimed a 'C' with her hand).
Lassie galloped home, fetched a knife, and galloped back. Mom/June tried to free herself with the knife, and when it didn't work,
she again told Lassie to go back home and get the C-clamp. The second time, Lassie got it right.


     There is a case for two early versions of Lassie the Dog. The 1859 story "The Half-brothers" written by British writer Elizabeth Gaskell tells of a female collie dog named Lassie that rescues two boys in a snowstorm (one boy dies).
          There is also the legend of a half-collie dog named Lassie that was owned by the landlord of the Pilot Boat pub in the port of Lyme Regis. On New Year’s Day in 1915 the Royal Navy battleship Formidable was torpedoed by a German submarine in stormy seas off South Devon, with the loss of more than 500 men. A life raft containing bodies was blown along the coast to Lyme Regis; the Pilot Boat pub offered its cellar as a mortuary. Lassie saved one of the men by warming his body with hers - all were amazed when the sailor revived. The story was repeated over and over, as England needed such a heartwarming tale to counter the many defeats on land and sea during that part of the war.

          English-American author Eric Knight's tale of the fictional Lassie was first published as a short story in The Saturday Evening Post in 1938 and expanded to full novel length in "Lassie Come Home", published in July 1940. That story has the dog being sold due to hard times and then returning home over a long and arduous trek.
          The 1943 feature film by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios starring Roddy McDowell (age 15) and Elizabeth Taylor (at age 11) was a smash hit, and was followed by six sequels. "The Lassie Show" ran on network radio from 1948 to 1950. The "Lassie" TV series ran from 1954 to 1974, and then was rerun in syndication. Filmation produced a 15-episode animated TV series called "Lassie's Rescue Rangers" that ran for two seasons on ABC-TV, 1973-75. The half-hour color TV series "The New Lassie" [1989-92] was set in the suburbs. The Japanese animé TV series "Famous Dog Lassie (Meiken Rasshï)" ran for 26 episodes in 1996. The Canadian TV series "Lassie" [1997-99] was set in a small town in Vermont.

          The rights to the character are long owned by Classic Media, which was recently purchased by DreamWorks SKG and renamed DreamWorks Classics. They took a survey and discovered that Lassie has the highest recognition of any of their characters, including over 70 percent recognition in Mainland China. So DreamWorks is making big plans for a 'reboot' of the character on film and television. ('Stay tuned', as they say.)

Lassie™ official website
Lassie's entry at Wikipedia
'Lassie' character credits at Internet Movie Database


Lassie's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1960)   June Lockhart's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1960)   Jon Provost's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1994)   won Emmy Award for Best Children's Program in 1955   won Emmy Award for Best Children's Program in 1956     Lassie and others were awarded
the 1955 Emmy Award for Best Children's Program
the 1956 Emmy Award for Best Children's Program
the Peabody Award in 1956
Lassie's Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1960)
June Lockhart's Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1960)
Jon Provost's Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1994)


'Lassie'  Movies
'Lassie' character credits at Internet Movie Database
credits for 'Lassie as actress' at Internet Movie Database
search DVDs on keyword 'Lassie' (returns 350+ entries) at Amazon
search GVDs for 'actor Lassie' (returns 50+ entries) at Amazon

there seems to be no book on the topic "The Films & TV of Lassie"

T.C.M. Classic Film Collection - Lassie DVD box set  "T.C.M. Greatest Classic Film Collection: Lassie" DVD Box Set [2011]
Turner Classic Movie DVD set [2/2011] 2 disks for $17.62
contains 4 feature films starring Lassie: "Lassie Come Home" [1943], "Son of Lassie"
[1945], "Courage of Lassie" [1946], and "Hills of Home" [1948]
Lassie Triple Feature DVD box set   "Lassie Triple Feature" DVD Box Set [2004]
Warner Home Video 70th Anniv Edition DVD set [11/2006] 2 disks for $9.49
newer DVD includes 3 cartoons, several trailers
Warner Home Video DVD set [2004] 2 disks for $16.41
contains 3 feature films: "Lassie Come Home" [1943], "Son of Lassie" [1945], and
"Courage of Lassie" [1946]
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"Lassie Come Home" [1943]
played by Pal, with Roddy McDowell & Elizabeth Taylor (at age 11)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lassie_Come-Home
http://www.amazon.com/Lassie-Come-Home-Roddy-McDowall/dp/B00004RFHL/

"Son of Lassie" [1945] Laddie played by Pal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_of_Lassie
http://www.amazon.com/Son-Lassie-Peter-Lawford/dp/B000294U5K/
http://www.amazon.com/Son-Lassie-VHS-Peter-Lawford/dp/6302478936/

"Courage of Lassie" [1946] Bill played by Pal, with Elizabeth Taylor (at age 14)
http://www.amazon.com/Courage-Lassie-Elizabeth-Taylor/dp/B000294U4G/
http://www.amazon.com/Courage-Lassie-VHS-Elizabeth-Taylor/dp/0792835115/

"Hills of Home" [1948] Lass played by Pal
http://www.amazon.com/Lassie-Hills-Home-Edmund-Gwenn/dp/6302872685/

"The Sun Comes Up" [1949] played by Pal
http://www.amazon.com/Sun-Comes-Up-Jeanette-Macdonald/dp/B009L2TAJU/
http://www.amazon.com/Sun-Comes-Up-VHS/dp/6302872707/

"Challenge To Lassie" [1950] played by Pal
http://www.amazon.com/Challenge-Lassie-VHS-Edmund-Gwenn/dp/0792835107/
http://www.amazon.com/Challenge-Lassie-VHS-Edmund-Gwenn/dp/6301978250/

"The Painted Hills" [1951] Shep played by Pal
A breathtaking adventure set in Oregon; when a prospector’s partner turns crooked, it’s Lassie to the rescue, braving untold dangers to save a young boy
http://www.amazon.com/Lassie-Painted-Hills/dp/B000054OTV/
http://www.amazon.com/Lassie-Painted-Hills-Pal/dp/B000228E5O/
http://www.amazon.com/Painted-Hills-Starring-Lassie/dp/B0006JKC9O/
http://www.amazon.com/Lassie-Painted-Hills-VHS-Paul-Kelly/dp/B00000IZ11/

"Lassie's Great Adventure" [Wrather/Fox Aug 1963] a compilation of TV episodes
Lassie's Great Adventure feature film made from TV episodes  "The boy and the dog loved by millions / Now on the screen in a thrilling adventure / To touch the hearts of one and all!" A runaway hot-air balloon carries Timmy and Lassie deep into the wilderness, where they must use Lassie's instincts to survive. Directed by William Beaudine; starring June Lockhart, Hugh Reilly, Jon Provost & Lassie, with Robert Howard, Will J. White, Richard Kiel, Walter Stocker, Walter Kelley, Patrick Waltz & Leo Needham
Good Times Video color DVD [6/2001] out of prodn/used
Bridgestone color VHS [2/2002] for $8.99
Fox Home Ent. color VHS [8/91] for $12.99
indep color VHS [undated] for $3.40 {sic}
Good Times Video color VHS [undated] for $24.00
full credits at IMDbClassic Media Lassie movies page

"Big Jake" [1971] starring John Wayne
'Dog' is credited as portrayed by Lassie, but this is not a Lassie movie.

"The Magic of Lassie" [1978] played by Boy

"Lassie" [1994] played by Howard
http://www.amazon.com/Lassie-Sheila-Black/dp/0140368027/ novelization
http://www.amazon.com/Lassie-Helen-Slater/dp/B00005V1XH/
http://www.amazon.com/Lassie-Tom-Guiry/dp/B00AEFYGWO/

"Lassie" [2005] /tt0431213/ played by Mason & DR Dakota
starring Peter O'Toole, Samantha Morton, John Lynch & Peter Dinklage
http://www.amazon.com/Lassie-Widescreen-John-Lynch/dp/B000ICL3ME/
http://www.amazon.com/Lassie-Christmas-Tale/dp/B003VMFWU2/


Radio,  Television,  Other Media
'Lassie' character credits at Internet Movie Database

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"The Lassie Show" ran on network radio from 1948 to 1950
"featuring Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's loveable motion picture star Lassie!"
listen to nine 15-minute radio episodes at Internet Archive
listen to seven 15-minute radio episodes at My Old Radio

"MGM's Lassie" comic book series of the 1950s

"Lassie" Little Golden Books Series from Western Publishing

Lassie Shows The Way 1956 Little Golden Book  "Lassie Shows The Way" [1956]
by Barbara Steincrohn Davis, Illustrated by Benvenuti

S&S/Golden Press hardcover [1956] out of print/used
S&S/Golden Press hardcover [1956] out of print/used
Lassie & The Daring Rescue 1956 Little Golden Book  "Lassie and The Daring Rescue" [1956]
by Charles Spain Verral, Illustrated by Mel Crawford

S&S/Golden Press hardcover [1958] out of print/used
S&S/Golden Press hardcover [1956] out of print/used
Lassie & Her Day In The Sun 1958 Little Golden Book  "Lassie and Her Day In The Sun" [1958]
by Charles Spain Verral, Illustrated by Mel Crawford

Golden Press 7¾x6½ hardcover [1977] out of print/used
S&S/Golden Press hardcover [1958] out of print/used

http://www.amazon.com/ADVENTURES-LASSIE-Giant-Little-Golden/dp/B007P8BR52/
http://www.amazon.com/Lassie-clean-up-Kennon-Graham-illustrated/dp/B00073ERV8/
http://www.amazon.com/Lassie-Finds-Story-Famous-Golden/dp/B000ZCVMT6/
http://www.amazon.com/Lassie-Trouble-at-Painters-Lake/dp/0307215156/
http://www.amazon.com/Lassie-lost-explorer-Little-golden/dp/B0006EJ22C/

"Lassie" 200+ episode TV series [1954-74]
renamed "Timmy & Lassie" & "Jeff's Collie" for syndication
starring Tommy Rettig [1954-57], Jon Provost [1957-64] & Robert Bray [1964-68]
series credits from IMDb
'Lassie TV' posters & photos category at AllPosters.com

Lassie Collection on ten VHS tapes   "The Lassie Collection" VHS Box Set [1999]
21 b&w episodes from all 3 series
Madacy Records b&w VHS set [11/99] ten tapes for $49.95
Lassie Collection on seven VHS tapes   "Lassie" VHS Box Set [2000]
b&w episodes co-starring June Lockhart & Jon Provost
E.D.I. Video b&w VHS set [3/2000] 7 tapes for $40.73
Lassie 50th Anniversary TV Collection DVD  "Lassie: 50 Years of Love" 50th Anniversary TV Collection [2004]
24 b&w episodes from all 3 series, plus booklet & other extras
Classic Media b&w DVD set [9/2004] 3 disks for $19.99

http://www.amazon.com/LASSIE-BEST-SHOW-Various/dp/B000KJTG8I/
http://www.amazon.com/LASSIE-BEST-JEFFS-COLLIE-Various/dp/B000KJTG88/
http://www.amazon.com/Lassies-Christmas-Stories-John-Provost/dp/B000KJTGCO/
http://www.amazon.com/LASSIE-MOTHERS-LOVE-Various/dp/B000N6UDDK/
http://www.amazon.com/Lassie-2-Pack--/dp/B004NJC0RK/

"Kodak Presents Disneyland '59" [ABC-TV June 1959]
90-minute live celebration of Disneyland's fifth anniversary, co-hosted by Walt Disney & Art Linkletter; guests & performers include
Henry Calvin (Zorro's Sergeant Garcia), Clint Eastwood, 'Firehouse Five Plus Two' jazz band, Dennis Hopper, Hedda Hopper, Tommy Kirk;
Lassie the Dog and Jon Provost, Hugh Reilly & June Lockhart; Robert Loggia (Elfego Baca), Darren McGavin; Ozzie, Harriett, David & Ricky Nelson;
Richard, Pat & Tricia Nixon; John Russell, Ed Sullivan, Tom Tryon (John Slaughter), Lawrence Welk, Guy Williams (El Zorro), and Chill Wills
full credits at IMDb • available as a rare b&w kinescope on the "Your Host, Walt Disney: TV Memories, 1956-1965" DVD Set [2006]
Buena Vista Home Ent. color/b&w DVD [12/2006] 6+ hours on 2 disks for $69.88

"Lassie's Rescue Rangers" [Filmation/ABC-TV, 1973-75]
15-episode animated TV series that ran for two seasons
http://www.amazon.com/Lassies-Rescue-Rangers-Keith-Sutherland/dp/6301267036/
http://www.amazon.com/Lassies-Rescue-Rangers-Volume-2/dp/B00CYLF710/
http://www.amazon.com/Lassies-Rescue-Rangers-3-Lassie/dp/B006LMJ9VC/

"The New Lassie" [1989-92]
half-hour color TV series set in the suburbs
also was the basis for six books by Nancy Krulik, 1989-90:
"Lassie Book 1: Puppy" [Nov 1989)
"Lassie Book 2: Digging Up" [Dec 1989)
"Lassie Book 3: Big Blowup" [Jan 1990)
"Lassie Book 4: Water Watchdog" [Feb 1990)
"Lassie Book 5: The Skateboard Dare" [March 1990)
"Lassie Book 6: Dangerous Party" [April 1990)

The Japanese animé TV series "Famous Dog Lassie (Meiken Rasshï)" ran for 26 episodes in 1996

The Canadian TV series "Lassie" [1997-99] was set in a small town in Vermont
http://www.amazon.com/Lassie-Complete-First-Season-Boxset/dp/B000EWBJQI/

"Lassie (Rasshï)" two-volume manga series [Shueisha 2001] by Yoshihiro Takahashi (Japanese version only)
A rough collie named Lassie searches for his beloved friend Akutsu, who he wants to be his owner.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lassie_(manga)


Works  About  Lassie

"Lassie Come Home" [July 1940 novel] by Eric Knight, Illustrated by Marguerite Kirmse
http://www.amazon.com/Lassie-Come-Home-Eric-Knight/dp/0312371314/

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PUB pb [8/00] for $0.00
PUB pb [8/00] for $0.00

Hollywood Collection Story of Lassie video   "The Hollywood Collection: The Story of Lassie" TV special [1994]
79-minute TV show featuring Lassie, Claude Jarman Jr., Janet Leigh, June Lockhart (narrator), Roddy McDowall, Lorne Michaels, Margaret O'Brien, Daniel Petrie, Jon Provost, Tommy Rettig, Robert Weatherwax & Linda Wrather
Janson Media b&w/color DVD [1/2010] for $19.99
M.P.I. Home Video b&w/color VHS [6/2000] for $19.99
M.P.I. Home Video b&w/color VHS [10/95] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb

"Lassie: A Dog's Life: [Penguin Books] by Ace Collins
http://www.amazon.com/Lassie-Dogs-First-Fifty-Years/dp/0140231838/


General Works About Movie Dogs

http://www.amazon.com/Hollywood-Dogs-Pictures-Kobal-Foundation/dp/1851496785/

"Hollywood Dogs (Dog Heroes) [] by Meish Goldish
http://www.amazon.com/Hollywood-Dogs-Heroes-Meish-Goldish/dp/1597164046/

Hollywood's Top Dogs book by Deborah Painter  "Hollywood's Top Dogs: The Dog Hero In Film" [2008]
by Deborah Painter

animal stars covered include Ace, Asta, Benji, Flash, Jean, Lad, Lassie,
Lightnin', Peter the Great, Rin-Tin-Tin, and Strongheart
Midnight Marquee Press 9x6 pb [6/2008] for $25.00

"Dog Adventures: Man's Best Friend" [2009]
Man's Best Friend, Dog Adventures on DVD   T.G.G. Direct, LLC color/b&w DVD [12/2012] for $2.99 {sic}
contains 5 feature films: "The Painted Hills" [1951] starring Lassie; "Mooch Goes To Hollywood" video release [1971]: Zsa Zsa Gabor narrates; "Call of The Wild" [1972] based on the Jack London novel: set during the 1897 Klondike gold rush and filmed in Finland & Norway, starring Charlton Heston; "George!" [1972]: A lumbering St. Bernard up-ends the peaceful life of a quiet bachelor; and "Poco . . . Little Dog Lost" [1977]: Poco becomes separated from his little girl master and must search through mountains and desert to find his way home
CAVEAT: Amazon reviewer complains of poor transfer quality, which is predictable since five movies are here compressed onto one disk

"Canine Cinema: Where Dogs Rule!" [2009]
Canine Cinema, Where Dogs Rule DVD box set   V.I.N.A. Distrbtn color/b&w DVD set [8/2009] 2 disks for $7.99
contains 6 feature films: "The Test" [1935] starring Rin Tin Tin, Jr. & Nanette The Dog; "The Return of Rin Tin Tin" [1947] co-starring Robert Blake; "The Painted Hills" [1951] starring Lassie; "Lassie's Great Adventure" TV compilation [1963]; "Mooch Goes To Hollywood" video release [1971]: Zsa Zsa Gabor narrates; and "George!" [1972]: A lumbering St. Bernard up-ends the peaceful life of a quiet bachelor

"Canines In Film: Over 14 hours! - 12 Movies on 3 DVDs" [2007]
Canines In Film DVD box set   St. Clair Vision color/b&w DVD set [9/2007] 3 disks - out of prodn/used
contains 12 feature films: "Call of The Yukon" [1938] starring Richard Arlen, Beverly Roberts, Firefly the Collie & Buck the St. Bernard; "Fangs of The Wild" [1938] starring Rin Tin Tin III; "George!" [1972]; "Lassie's Great Adventure" TV compilation [1963]; "Mooch Goes To Hollywood" video release [1971]: Zsa Zsa Gabor narrates; "My Dog Shep"
[1946] starring Flame; "The Painted Hills" [1951] starring Lassie; "Poco . . . Little Dog Lost" [1977]; "Skull and Crown"
[1935] starring Rin-Tin-Tin, Jr.; "The Test" [1935] starring Rin Tin Tin, Jr. & Nanette The Dog; "War Dogs" [1942} starring Ace the Wonder Dog; and "White Fang and The Hunter" [Italy 1975] starring Habbash the Wolf-Dog; extras include Canine Stamp Gallery, Poster Gallery, and "Eyes For The Blind" radio program

"8 Movie Pooch Pack" [2012]
8 Movie Pooch Pack DVD box set   Gaiam Entertainment color DVD set [10/2012] 3 disks for $12.42
contains 8 feature films: "The Retrievers" 95-minute TV movie [2001]; "Miracle Dogs"
91-minute TV movie [2003]; "Miracle Dogs Too" 85-minute video [2006]; "Cop Dog (Marlowe)" 90-minute video [2008]; "Dog Gone" 108-minute video [2008]; "Aussie and Ted's Great Adventure" 89-minute video [2009]; "The Gold Retrievers" 90-minute TV movie [2009]; and "First Dog" 91-minute TV movie [2010]


Principals

Lassie was portrayed by Pal [1940-58] in seven movies, 1943-51 and portrayed by Boy in the1978 movie.
The various live-action TV series had Lassie portrayed by a succession of Weatherwax-trained collie dogs.
official 'World of Lassie' website

English-American author Eric Mowbray Knight [1897-1943]
browse booksgranddaughter's official websiteIMDb listingWikipedia

animal trainer Rudd Weatherwax
Weatherwax official website

TV series producer Robert Maxwell

TV producer Jack Wrather purchased rights from Weatherwax & Maxwell in 1957

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Claude Jarman Jr.
Janet Leigh [1927-2004]
June Lockhart
Roddy McDowall [1928-98]
Margaret O'Brien
Jon Provost
Tommy Rettig [1941-96]


L i n k s
Lassie™ official website
Lassie's entry at Wikipedia
'Lassie' character credits at Internet Movie Database
credits for 'Lassie as actress' at Internet Movie Database
official Lassie rights management webpage
Colliewoode's Lassie Network [est. 1995] fansite
LMY's Lassie fansite

'Lassie TV' posters & photos category at AllPosters.com
search posters & photos on keyword 'Lassie' at AllPosters.com



Online sales in association with  search GVDs for 'actor Lassie' (returns 50+ entries) at Amazon   and   'Lassie TV' posters & photos category at AllPosters.com

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