Lassie Come Home (M.S.M.), as written by the late Major Eric Knight,
was one of the best children's books in years. M.G.M.'s version will delight not only children,
but any adult with a healthy childhood memory. Lassie celebrates nothing more profound than
the simple and timeworn relationship of a boy and a dog. It dramatizes the uncomplicated
goodness of an animal in a complicated human world.
The core of the story is the irreducible faithfulness of Lassie, a fine
female collie, for young Roddy McDowall. Lassie is sold by the boy's
father, a dole-starved Yorkshireman,...
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