The Painted Hills (Lassie's Adventures in the Goldrush) (Lassie's Christmas Story) Reviews
Here Lassie takes to the mountains. Features more shots of Lassie than most. Set in the 1870's. MGM shot this one which means it can't be all that bad. Worth your time, once at least. 1 hour ten minutes. Color. 1951 per vhs jacket cover info.
I can't lie to you, this film was a bit hard to sit through. The acting is pretty basic from everyone but Lassie, who literally steals every scene. Maybe its supposed to be that way. That dog was damn talented and if it didn't recieve some sort of Oscar for canine legend..... well, it should have.
1 The Painted Hills was the seventh, and final, MGM Lassie film released.
2 Lassie is a stage name for several dog actors. The fictional character was created by Eric Knight in a short story expanded to novel length called Lassie Come-Home.
Published in 1940, the novel was filmed by MGM in 1943 as Lassie Come Home with a talented dog named Pal playing Lassie. Pal then appeared with the stage name "Lassie" in six other MGM feature films through 1951.
Pal's owner and trainer Rudd Weatherwax then acquired the Lassie name and trademark from MGM and appeared with Pal (as "Lassie") at rodeos, fairs, and similar events across America in the early 1950s.
In 1954, the long running, Emmy winning television series Lassie debuted, and, over the next 19 years, a succession of Pal's descendants appeared on the series.
The "Lassie" character has appeared in radio, television, film, toys, comic books, animated series, juvenile novels, and other media.
Pal's descendants continue to play Lassie today.
Pal (credited as Lassie) as Shep
Paul Kelly as Jonathan Harvey
Bruce Cowling as Lin Taylor
Gary Gray as Tommy Blake
Ann Doran as Martha Blake
Art Smith as Pilot Pete
Andrea Virginia Lester as Mita
Chief Yowlachie as Bald Eagle
Brown Jug Reynolds as Red Wing
I would certainly recommend this movie if you're a fan of Lassie, however the dog in this movie is called "Shep", instead of "Lassie", but it doesn't take away from the IDEA of it being Lassie much.