Hills of Home (1948)

94 or 97 mins | Drama | December 1948

Director:

Fred M. Wilcox

Writer:

William Ludwig

Producer:

Robert Sisk

Cinematographer:

Charles Schoenbaum

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Eddie Imazu

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

An Aug 1947 HR news item noted that scenes depicting the Scottish Highlands were shot at the Sonora Pass in the Sierra mountains of Northern California. Working titles for this film were Danger in the Hills and Master of Lassie. Ian MacLaren's story was previously filmed in 1921 under the title The Bonnie Briar Bush. That film, a Paramount release, was directed by and starred Donald Crisp (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.0514). For more information on the "Lassie," series see the entry below for Lassie Come Home and consult the Series Index. ...

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An Aug 1947 HR news item noted that scenes depicting the Scottish Highlands were shot at the Sonora Pass in the Sierra mountains of Northern California. Working titles for this film were Danger in the Hills and Master of Lassie. Ian MacLaren's story was previously filmed in 1921 under the title The Bonnie Briar Bush. That film, a Paramount release, was directed by and starred Donald Crisp (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.0514). For more information on the "Lassie," series see the entry below for Lassie Come Home and consult the Series Index.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
9 Oct 1948
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Daily Variety
6 Oct 1948
p. 3
Film Daily
6 Oct 1948
p. 7
Hollywood Reporter
20 Aug 1947
p. 6
Hollywood Reporter
19 Sep 1947
p. 12
Hollywood Reporter
12 Dec 1947
p. 22
Hollywood Reporter
6 Oct 1948
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
1 Dec 1948
p. 12
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
10 Jul 1948
p. 4235
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
9 Oct 1948
p. 4341
New York Times
26 Nov 1948
p. 32
Variety
6 Oct 1948
p. 11
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Richard Glynn
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus score
Orch collaboration
Orch collaboration
SOUND
Rec dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Hairstyles des by
Makeup created by
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col dir
Assoc
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the sketches "Doctor of the Old School" by Ian MacLaren in Beside the Bonnie Briar Bush (New York, 1894).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Titles:
Danger in the Hills
Master of Lassie
Release Date:
December 1948
Production Date:
mid Sep--mid Dec 1947
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Loew's Inc.
11 August 1948
LP1843
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
94 or 97
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2935
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In the small Scottish mountain town of Glen Urtach, shepherd Mr. Milton nearly drowns his sheep-tending collie dog Lassie while punishing her for not performing her duties properly. With no further need for Lassie, Milton gives her to Dr. William MacLure in exchange for another dog. While negotiating the trade, Milton learns that his son Tammas has been secretly apprenticing with William in the hope of someday becoming a doctor. Angered by the discovery, Milton criticizes his son for refusing to become a farmer. Later, while crossing a shallow river, William discovers that Lassie suffers from an inexplicable fear of water. Realizing that Lassie will be a poor sheep herder, William sells her to a dog trainer at the Kildrummie Fair. A short time later, when William finds out that the dog trainer is using cruel training methods, he buys Lassie back. While traveling through a snow storm to visit Saunders, an ailing patient in another town, William approaches a storm-damaged bridge, and realizes that the only way he can cross is without the added weight of his medical supplies. With help from Lassie, who carries the supplies on her back, William crosses the bridge successfully and arrives safely at Saunders' place. After treating Saunders, William discovers that Tammas has fallen ill with appendicitis. As Tammas' condition worsens, William decides to use chloroform, an untested anesthetic, to perform an operation on him. Before administering the chloroform to Tammas, William tests it on Lassie. Following the successful operation, William persuades Mr. Milton to allow Tammas to study medicine at Edinburgh. After bidding farewell to his sweetheart, Margit Mitchell, Tammas leaves for ...

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In the small Scottish mountain town of Glen Urtach, shepherd Mr. Milton nearly drowns his sheep-tending collie dog Lassie while punishing her for not performing her duties properly. With no further need for Lassie, Milton gives her to Dr. William MacLure in exchange for another dog. While negotiating the trade, Milton learns that his son Tammas has been secretly apprenticing with William in the hope of someday becoming a doctor. Angered by the discovery, Milton criticizes his son for refusing to become a farmer. Later, while crossing a shallow river, William discovers that Lassie suffers from an inexplicable fear of water. Realizing that Lassie will be a poor sheep herder, William sells her to a dog trainer at the Kildrummie Fair. A short time later, when William finds out that the dog trainer is using cruel training methods, he buys Lassie back. While traveling through a snow storm to visit Saunders, an ailing patient in another town, William approaches a storm-damaged bridge, and realizes that the only way he can cross is without the added weight of his medical supplies. With help from Lassie, who carries the supplies on her back, William crosses the bridge successfully and arrives safely at Saunders' place. After treating Saunders, William discovers that Tammas has fallen ill with appendicitis. As Tammas' condition worsens, William decides to use chloroform, an untested anesthetic, to perform an operation on him. Before administering the chloroform to Tammas, William tests it on Lassie. Following the successful operation, William persuades Mr. Milton to allow Tammas to study medicine at Edinburgh. After bidding farewell to his sweetheart, Margit Mitchell, Tammas leaves for the university. Years pass, and one day, while crossing through the country in a storm, William suffers an injury. Lassie, having finally overcome her fear of water, brings help to William, but the doctor dies a short time later. Tammas, now a doctor, returns to Glen Urtach for William's funeral, and after being reunited with Margit, agrees to take over William's job.

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