- Vintage Cartoons
- Theatrical Trailer
- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
- Rated: G
- Run Time: 1 hours, 33 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 24, 2004
- Originally Released: 1946
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
- Mono 1.0 - English
- Mono 1.0 - French
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Description by OLDIES.com:
Combat Patrol 4 is pinned down, taking heavy fire. The lone hope of getting reinforcement is to send through the lines the patrol's brave collie. "Either he gets through or we don't," one G.I. says. Heroism and heartfelt values arrive on four feet in Courage of Lassie. Elizabeth Taylor (who was in Lassie Come Home three years earlier) stars, radiating the special love of a child for a dog. And everyone's favorite collie plays the beloved canine whose adventures range from his wilderness puppyhood to wartime service to postwar stress to a moving family reunion. The Pacific Northwest locales are eye-filling splendors and the story has stirring family appeal. What a treat to share with favorite two- and four-footed pals!
Lassie is a young pup who is accidentally shot and then rescued by a teenager who nurses her back to health. Soon, another accident occurs, separating Lassie and her new master, when a soldier captures her, training her to fight in World War II.
Despite the film's title, the collie that stars here is not Lassie... but the equally spirited "Bill."
The adventuresome pooch begins what promises to be a hard life when he's abandoned in the forest. There, he runs into a variety of wildlife, including a bear and a skunk.
Then he finds a home with a warm-hearted teenager, Kathie Merrick, who begins to train him as a sheep dog. After he's hurt, however, he gets yet another new home... and then is shipped off to fight in the Second World War!
Bill returns home from battle a junkyard dog of sorts. Terrible surroundings, and a lack of care, make matters worse for the usually affable canine.
Only under Kathie's loving guidance will he again be the sweet, obedient collie of yore.
- Color by Technicolor.
- Additional cast: Jane Green (Mrs. Elson) and Conrad Binyon (Second Youth).