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Long before such canine upstarts as Benji and Beethoven prowled the multiplexes, there was Lassie. Much more than a dog, she was a devoted companion, a courageous protector and a fearless fighter. Lassie was a lonely boy's best friend. Indeed many baby-boomers cannot hear "Greensleeves", the indelible theme music from later episodes of her long-running TV series, without feeling an exquisite sense of nostalgia. This beloved American icon captured the hearts of millions with her sentimental but rousing adventures in a popular series of films, TV shows, a radio program, personal appearances and numerous comebacks. Lassie first appeared in a 1938 short story by Eric Knight in the "Saturday Evening Post". A novel, "Lassie Come Home", followed in 1940.

Long before such canine upstarts as Benji and Beethoven prowled the multiplexes, there was Lassie. Much more than a dog, she was a devoted companion, a courageous protector and a fearless fighter. Lassie was a lonely boy's best friend. Indeed many baby-boomers cannot hear "Greensleeves", the indelible theme music from later episodes of her long-running TV series, without feeling an exquisite sense of nostalgia. This beloved American icon captured the hearts of millions with her sentimental but rousing adventures in a popular series of films, TV shows, a radio program, personal appearances and numerous comebacks. Lassie first appeared in a 1938 short story by Eric Knight in the "Saturday Evening Post". A novel, "Lassie Come Home", followed in 1940.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Lassie (2006)
2.
 Lassie (1994)
3.
 Lassie's Great Adventure (1963) A dog
4.
 The Painted Hills (1951) "Shep"
5.
6.
 The Sun Comes Up (1949)
7.
 Hills of Home (1948)
8.
 Courage of Lassie (1946) Bill [also known as Duke]
9.
 Son of Lassie (1945) Laddie
10.
 Lassie Come Home (1943) Lassie
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1943:
Feature debut, "Lassie Come Home"
1945:
Portrayed Lassie and her son Laddie in the sequel, "Son of Lassie"
1946:
Co-starred as Bill with Elizabeth Taylor in "Courage of Lassie"
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Starred in the radio series "Lassie" in which Pal did the barking
1953:
Played a supporting role in the popular John Wayne Western, "Hondo"
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Starred in the classic children's adventure series, "Lassie", on CBS
1963:
Four TV episodes were edited together and released theatrically as "Lassie's Greatest Adventure"
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Starred in the first run syndicated version of "Lassie"
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Featured in the animated CBS children's series, "Lassie's Rescue Rangers"
1978:
A sixth generation Lassie made a feature comeback with James Stewart in "The Magic of Lassie", a remake of "Lassie Come Home"
1978:
Starred in a two-part ABC special cum pilot entitled "Lassie: The New Beginning"
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Starred in the syndicated series, "The New Lassie"
1994:
Profiled in the PBS documentary, "The Story of Lassie"
1994:
Spotlighted in the ABC tribute, "Lassie Unleashed: 280 Dog Years in TV"
1994:
An eighth generation Lassie returned to films in the Lorne Michaels-produced feature, "Lassie"
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Notes

From a review of "Lassie Come Home" in "Variety", August 18, 1943: "Lassie, a beautiful collie, is given a great deal of camera attention and is docile, if not extraordinarily trained. The dog is the focal point for a great deal of pathos throughout the film's 90 minutes."

From the entry on "Lassie" in "The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows: 1946-Present" by Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh (NY: Ballantine Books, 1992): "The one constant in this favorite long-running children's adventure series was Lassie, a brave, loyal, and remarkably intelligent collie. Lassie was always alert, ready to help her masters and protect them from evil and adversity. In fact, her heroics were often incredible--leading lost persons to safety, warning of all sorts of impending disasters, tending the sick and manipulating various human devices with ease. Fortunately Lassie was able to switch her allegiances periodically, for she was required to go through several sets of owners during her long career."

From "The Film Encyclopedia" by Ephraim Katz (NY: Putnam, 1994): "While in New York for personal appearances on the stage of Radio City Music Hall, the dog stayed in a $380-a-day suite at the Plaza Hotel."

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