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Courage of Lassie (1946)

Bill's separated from his litter, making friends with the wild creatures until he's found and adopted by young Kathie. An accident separates him from her, and he's drafted into K-9 duty in ... See full summary »


Fred M. Wilcox


Lionel Houser (original screenplay)

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Elizabeth Taylor ... Kathie Merrick
Frank Morgan ... Harry MacBain
Tom Drake ... Sergeant Smitty
Selena Royle ... Mrs. Merrick
Harry Davenport ... Judge Payson
George Cleveland ... Old Man
Catherine McLeod ... Alice Merrick (as Catherine Frances McLeod)
Morris Ankrum ... Farmer Crews
Mitchell Lewis ... Gil Elson
Jane Green Jane Green ... Mrs. Elson
David Holt ... Pete Merrick
Bill Wallace Bill Wallace ... Sergeant Mac (as William Wallace)
Minor Watson ... Sheriff Ed Grayson
Donald Curtis ... Charlie
Clancy Cooper ... Casey


Bill's separated from his litter, making friends with the wild creatures until he's found and adopted by young Kathie. An accident separates him from her, and he's drafted into K-9 duty in the trenches until battle fatigue takes its toll and he turns vicious. And even though he finds his way back home, he may be condemned as a killer. Written by Kathy Li

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As Refreshing As A Breath Of Spring !


Drama | Adventure | Family | War


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Release Date:

8 November 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blue Sierra See more »

Filming Locations:

Railroad Creek, Washington, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Philadelphia Saturday 16 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in New Haven CT 23 March 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Norfolk VA 27 March 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Hartford CT 22 April 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Chicago 1 June 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Altoona PA 7 July 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Los Angeles 16 October 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), in New York City 6 January 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Seattle 26 January 1958 on KING (Channel 5), in San Francisco 16 March 1958 on KGO (Channel 7) and in Minneapolis 19 April 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. See more »


As Bill floats downstream on a log, the coyote that is supposed to be paddling behind him is shown several times as a floating replica of a coyote that isn't even moving, just floating along with the rapid current. See more »


Kathie Merrick: Will he live, Mr. MacBain?
Harry MacBain: Well, that's pretty hard to say just now, but I think he has a fair chance. You'll know if he gets up on his feet and starts acting spunky and barking, why then, maybe.
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Adorable Film from the Past
13 November 2007 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

This film starts off with a collie named Bill who breaks away from his family and encounters all kinds of friends in the woods which are bears, ravens, hawks and even travels on a pile of wood through all kinds of rapids that almost drown him. Bill no sooner takes a chance and relaxes in the grass when he is shot by hunters and Katie Merrick, (Elizabeth Taylor) comes to his rescue who had been following Bill because he ran off with her pants as she was swimming in the a lake. Kattie manages to tell the hunters not to kill Bill, because she is going to bring him to get help from a good friend of hers, Harry MacBain, (Frank Morgan) who manages to bring Bill back to health. There are many problems that face Katie with her collie dog and Bill is even recruited in the Army. Very nice film from the past. Enjoy.

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