Television: Lassie Stays Home

The pretty little boy with the shiny blond bangs sank to his knees beside the bed, cupped his pudgy hands and prayed for just about everyone in the Lassie kennel; then he caught himself. "Excuse me, God," he said. "I forgot something. God bless my new mother and father too."

It was just a CBS scriptwriter's way of telling Lassie's 25 million viewers (most of them young, all faithful) that there were going to be some new faces around the famous old farm. The chief newcomer, Jon Provost, 7, was eased into the filmed series 13 weeks before...

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