For 50 years, she has represented all that is good about the enduring bonds between human beings and their dogs.
She first leaped to stardom in the 1943 MGM film, Lassie Come Home. At a time when families, still stunned from the Depression, were then torn apart by World War II, the story of a dog who fights every obstacle to return hundreds of miles to her young master moved audiences to tears and established Lassie as an American icon. Lassie made seven MGM films. And when family films began to leave the big screen there were new horizons… first on radio and then on television.
The Story of Lassie Includes clips from Lassie MGM feature films as well as from Lassie’s TV shows, and interviews with trainer Robert Weatherwax; actor Roddy McDowall, Tommy Rettig, Jon Provost, Margaret O’Brien, Janet Leigh and others. Hosted by June Lockhart.
This program can be screened at Hulu.com for viewers in the United States.
“The Story of Lassie is a must see.” -Ft. Worth Star Telegram
“Make no bones about it. . . A 21-bark salute to a half a century of genteel movies and TV shows in which the classy canine has put her best paw forward.” -Los Angeles Times
“It provides information and memories guaranteed to touch anyone. . . June Lockhart hosts this loving tribute and she does well to add excitement, enthusiasm and appreciation of the talents of the dog who could touch America.” -The Hollywood Reporter
“June Lockhart hosts this warm and winning homage to America’s favorite canine. Combining interviews with owners, former stars, and plenty of film clips, this nostalgic charmer is recommended.” -Video Librarian
“Reviewer’s choice..Clips from Lassie feature films supplement interviews with actors, trainers, and others who have interacted with Lassie over the years.” -The Children’s Bookwatch
“…entertaining, nostalgic look at a beloved American institution.” -Booklist
“Circulating collections will see heavy usage of this sure-to-be-popular video.” -School Library Journal
LENGTH: 1 x 60 Minutes
CAMERA: 16mm, Betacam
INTERNATIONAL TRACK: Yes
CLOSED CAPTIONS: No
ASPECT RATIO: 4:3
PRODUCTION YEAR: 1994
RELEASE YEAR: 1994
SUPPLIER: Wombat Productions
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
RIGHTS TERRITORY: Worldwide