Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Courage of Lassie (1946)

Directed by Fred M. Wilcox
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(DVD, Warner Bros)

An injured young collie is found by a teenage Elizabeth Taylor while sunbathing. She rushes him to a friendly shepherd and they manage to nurse it back to health. Later he is hit by a truck and taken away by the drivers. He survives but nobody knows who the owner is, so when the Army comes along looking for new "war dogs" he is signed up for duty. After training, he sees duty in the Aleutians where he saves a surrounded platoon, but suffers from "combat fatigue". He escapes on a train ride home, and finds his way back to Taylor, but his untreated aggression causes him to attack livestock. He is rounded up and put on trial, but draws the sympathy of the judge for being a wounded veteran. Another well photographed but implausible Lassie story.

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