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Courage of Lassie Details


This is the one where Lassie plays a war veteran with amnesia. Actually Lassie isn't even Lassie, but a male collie named Bill (at least he isn't asked to appear "in drag" like all the other cinematic Lassies). Raised from a pup by adolescent Elizabeth Taylor, the doggy hero becomes a sheep collie on rancher Frank Morgan's spread. Lassie--er, Bill--loses his memory when hit by a car. Later on, the dog finds himself in the K-9 corps, where he is trained to kill Japs (Lassie a racist? No, no, not that!) The dog returns home shell-shocked and ready to tear apart anyone who crosses his path. But the love of Elizabeth Taylor conquers all in the lachrymose Technicolor finale. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Elizabeth Taylor
as Kathie Merrick
Frank Morgan
as Harry McBain
Selena Royle
as Mrs. Merrick
Harry Davenport
as Judge Payson
George Cleveland
as Old Man
Catherine McLeod
as Alice Merrick
Morris Ankrum
as Farmer Crews
Mitchell Lewis
as Gil Elson
Jane Green
as Mrs. Ellison
Minor Watson
as Sheriff Ed Grayson
Donald Curtis
as Charlie
Clancy Cooper
as Casey
Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer
as First Youth
Conrad Binyon
as Second Youth
William "Bill" Phillips
as Sgt. Tyler
Robert E. O'Connor
as Deputy
Byron Foulger
as Dr. Coleman
James Flavin
as Lt. Arnold
Lassie the Dog
as Bill
Charles Sullivan
as Officer Instructor
Arthur Space
as Officer
Addison Richards
as Officer


Fred Wilcox
Robert Sisk
Lionel Houser
Leonard Smith
Bronislau Kaper
Composer (Music Score)
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Paul Youngblood
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Paul Huldschinsky
Set Designer
Irene Sharaff
Costume Designer
Basil Wrangell