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Hills of Home (1948)





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MGM's Lassie series was declining in popularity by 1948, so the studio decided to release its latest adventure of the famous collie as Hills of Home, so that non-Lassie fans might be inveigled into entering the theatre. Actually, Hills is one of the best entries in the series, due in no small part to the engaging performance by Edmund Gwenn. Playing a Scottish doctor, Gwenn adopts Lassie, who in this film has an unnatural aversion to water; she'll drink it, but won't swim in it. Gwenn spends most of the film trying to cure Lassie of her fears, but she remains water-shy until Gwenn's life is put in danger and the dog is forced to dive into a raving river. The doctor dies as the result of the ordeal, but not before beneficently passing on Lassie's ownership to romantic leads Janet Leigh and Tom Drake. Lensed in restful Technicolor, Hills of Home was based on Ian McClaren's Doctor of the Old School, which had previously been filmed without Lassie in 1923.

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Edmund Gwenn
as Dr. William MacLure
Janet Leigh
as Margit Mitchell
Tom Drake
as Tammas Milton
Donald Crisp
as Drumsheugh
Rhys Williams
as Mr. Milton
Edmund Breon
as Jaimie Soutar
Alan Napier
as Sir George
Hughie Green
as Geordie
Lumsden Hare
as Lord Kilspindle
Eileen Erskine
as Belle Saunders
Victor Wood
as David Mitchell
David Thursby
as Burnbrae
Frederic Worlock
as Dr. Weston
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