Son of Lassie (1945)

100 or 102 mins | Drama | June 1945

Director:

S. Sylvan Simon

Writer:

Jeanne Bartlett

Producer:

Samuel Marx

Cinematographer:

Charles Schoenbaum

Editor:

Ben Lewis

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Hubert Hobson

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title for this film was Laddie, Son of Lassie . The picture marked the screen debut of Laddie, Lassie's first son in real life. Production charts and contemporary news items in HR indicate that June Lockhart replaced Elsa Lanchester as the female lead a short time after production on the film began. Though HR news items list actors James Moran, Pauline Bruce (daughter of Nigel Bruce) and Nigel Horton in the cast, their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Most of the picture was filmed outdoors at various locations throughout western Canada, including Patricia Bay, Christopher Point, the lake and mountain region of Banff, Lake Moraine, Lake Louise and Lake Minnewanka, and in the United States at Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
       In Oct 1947, according to HR , a plagiarism suit brought against M-G-M by a writer named John Charles Reed was heard in a federal court. Reed contended in his $200,000 lawsuit that the studio lifted the script for Son of Lassie from a story he wrote in 1943 called "Candy." The jury in the case denied Reed's charges and awarded him no damages. Unlike other films featuring "Lassie" made after Lassie Come Home (see above), Son of Lassie was a true sequel, rather than simply a vehicle for the dog's exploits. For more information on the Lassie series, please consult the entry above for Lassie Come Home ... More Less

The working title for this film was Laddie, Son of Lassie . The picture marked the screen debut of Laddie, Lassie's first son in real life. Production charts and contemporary news items in HR indicate that June Lockhart replaced Elsa Lanchester as the female lead a short time after production on the film began. Though HR news items list actors James Moran, Pauline Bruce (daughter of Nigel Bruce) and Nigel Horton in the cast, their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Most of the picture was filmed outdoors at various locations throughout western Canada, including Patricia Bay, Christopher Point, the lake and mountain region of Banff, Lake Moraine, Lake Louise and Lake Minnewanka, and in the United States at Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
       In Oct 1947, according to HR , a plagiarism suit brought against M-G-M by a writer named John Charles Reed was heard in a federal court. Reed contended in his $200,000 lawsuit that the studio lifted the script for Son of Lassie from a story he wrote in 1943 called "Candy." The jury in the case denied Reed's charges and awarded him no damages. Unlike other films featuring "Lassie" made after Lassie Come Home (see above), Son of Lassie was a true sequel, rather than simply a vehicle for the dog's exploits. For more information on the Lassie series, please consult the entry above for Lassie Come Home . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
21 Apr 1945.
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Daily Variety
20 Apr 45
p. 3.
Film Daily
20 Apr 45
p. 13.
Hollywood Citizen-News
3 Oct 1944.
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Hollywood Reporter
11 Apr 44
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
23 May 44
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jun 44
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jul 44
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jul 44
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Aug 44
p. 2, 8
Hollywood Reporter
28 Aug 44
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Sep 44
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Sep 44
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Sep 44
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Sep 44
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Sep 44
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Nov 44
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Nov 44
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Apr 45
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Oct 47
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Oct 47
p. 1.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
9 Sep 44
p. 2093.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
21 Apr 45
p. 2413.
New York Times
29 Apr 1945.
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New York Times
11 Jun 45
p. 12.
Variety
25 Apr 1945.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCER
WRITER
Story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
Unit mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
Mus mixer
Mus mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Matte paintings, cam
MAKEUP
Makeup created by
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
Tech adv on Vancouver Island location
STAND INS
Stunt double
Lassie's stand-in
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
Assoc
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Eric Knight.
AUTHOR
MUSIC
Music for Norwegian scenes based on compositions by Edvard Grieg.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
Laddie, Son of Lassie
Release Date:
June 1945
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 9 June 1945
Production Date:
22 May--mid November 1944
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
3 April 1945
Copyright Number:
LP13328
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
100 or 102
Length(in feet):
9,033
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10417
SYNOPSIS

During World War II, a dog kennel on the Yorkshire, England estate of the Duke of Rudling is commissioned by the British army to be converted into a training camp for war dogs. The camp is placed under the supervision of Sam Carraclough, the kennel caretaker, who immediately begins the process of selecting the best dogs for training. When Laddie, the young pup of champion collie Lassie, is picked for training, Sam's son Joe, a Royal Air Force cadet who is visiting the estate on furlough, tells his father that Laddie is not qualified for the job. Joe's predictions that Laddie is too obstinate and skittish for the job soon prove true when Laddie resists the training and fails all tests of courage. One day, when Joe leaves the duke's estate to rejoin his regiment, Laddie chases after his bus and follows him to his camp forty miles away. Joe tries to hide Laddie in his bed, but the dog is discovered by the warrant officer and ordered removed. Sam takes Laddie back to the duke's estate, but Laddie escapes again and tries to join Joe on a reconnaissance flight. Sgt. Eddie Brown, Joe's army pal, restrains Laddie, but the dog breaks free and chases after the plane as it races down the runway. Laddie is eventually recaptured and held at the camp until Joe returns. When Joe is sent on his next mission, a dangerous reconnaissance flight to investigate enemy troop movements in Norway, Laddie secretly follows him into the cockpit of his plane and hides there. Joe does not realize that Laddie is on the plane until it is airborne. Somewhere over Norway, the plane ... +


During World War II, a dog kennel on the Yorkshire, England estate of the Duke of Rudling is commissioned by the British army to be converted into a training camp for war dogs. The camp is placed under the supervision of Sam Carraclough, the kennel caretaker, who immediately begins the process of selecting the best dogs for training. When Laddie, the young pup of champion collie Lassie, is picked for training, Sam's son Joe, a Royal Air Force cadet who is visiting the estate on furlough, tells his father that Laddie is not qualified for the job. Joe's predictions that Laddie is too obstinate and skittish for the job soon prove true when Laddie resists the training and fails all tests of courage. One day, when Joe leaves the duke's estate to rejoin his regiment, Laddie chases after his bus and follows him to his camp forty miles away. Joe tries to hide Laddie in his bed, but the dog is discovered by the warrant officer and ordered removed. Sam takes Laddie back to the duke's estate, but Laddie escapes again and tries to join Joe on a reconnaissance flight. Sgt. Eddie Brown, Joe's army pal, restrains Laddie, but the dog breaks free and chases after the plane as it races down the runway. Laddie is eventually recaptured and held at the camp until Joe returns. When Joe is sent on his next mission, a dangerous reconnaissance flight to investigate enemy troop movements in Norway, Laddie secretly follows him into the cockpit of his plane and hides there. Joe does not realize that Laddie is on the plane until it is airborne. Somewhere over Norway, the plane comes under enemy fire, and Joe, with Laddie in his arms, is forced to parachute to safety. Joe makes a hard landing in the remote countryside and is knocked unconscious. Laddie tries to help Joe by summoning two Nazi soldiers at a nearby lookout post, but by the time Laddie returns with the soldiers, Joe is gone. The soldiers suspect that Laddie belongs to an English soldier, but when they try to read his collar to identify his owner, Laddie flees. One of the soldiers fires his gun at Laddie, but Laddie manages to escape with only an injured paw. After some young Norwegian children find Laddie and tend to his wounds, Laddie runs off into the wilderness to find his master. Joe, meanwhile, is found by the Nazis and placed in a prisoner-of-war camp. He soon manages to escape, however, and takes refuge with Anton, a Norwegian fisherman, and his wife. Laddie, who has picked up his master's scent and followed it to the prison camp, is captured there by Nazi guards, who decide to use him to help recover their escaped prisoner. Laddie leads the soldiers directly to Joe, who ignores Anton's suggestion that he strike his dog to show the Nazis that it is not his. Joe instead gives himself away by returning his dog's affection, and this results in his return to prison. Laddie comes to the rescue, however, when he attacks the Nazi guard escorting Joe to prison. After knocking the guard unconscious, Joe eludes the Nazis and, with Laddie, escapes back to the fishing village, where he commandeers a fishing boat and returns to England. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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