Courage of Lassie (1946)

Genres - Drama, War  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama, War Drama  |   Release Date - Nov 8, 1946 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - G
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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.

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dog, amnesia, army, post-traumatic-stress, sheepdog, war, car-crash, friendship, girl, rancher