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The Painted Hills (1951)

Approved | | Family, Western | 4 May 1951 (USA)
An intrepid dog comes to the rescue when a boy's life is put at risk by the greed inflamed by a gold strike.

Director:

Harold F. Kress

Writers:

True Boardman (screenplay), Alexander Hull (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pal Pal ... Shep (as Lassie)
Paul Kelly ... Jonathan Harvey
Bruce Cowling ... Lin Taylor
Gary Gray ... Tommy Blake
Art Smith ... Pilot Pete
Ann Doran ... Martha Blake
Chief Yowlachie ... Bald Eagle
Andrea Virginia Lester Andrea Virginia Lester ... Mita
Don Reynolds Don Reynolds ... Red Wing (as Brown Jug Reynolds)
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Storyline

A Lassie movie. After years of prospecting, Jonathan finally strikes gold. He returns to town only to discover that his partner has since died and left Tommy fatherless. He decides to leave Shep (played by Lassie) with Tommy to cheer him up. Meanwhile, Jonathan's new partner, Lin, isn't interested in sharing the gold, and lures Jonathan to his death. Lassie immediately deduces what's happened, so Lin poisons Lassie. Lassie barely pulls through and pursues Lin to a climactic confrontation where, due to an off-screen accident with some liquid nitrogen, Lin's gun jams. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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Family | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lassie's Adventures in the Goldrush See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The last of MGM's seven "Lassie" family films in Technicolor issued between 1943-51, this entry was the only one that did not garner a contemporary "New York Times" review. See more »

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In the tradition of Fred C. Dobbs
21 October 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Another reviewer remarked that The Painted Hills was "startlingly dark" for a Lassie film. After watching it I would have to agree. It's also while not Citizen Kane material not as bad as some make it out.

I have a theory on that. This is supposed to be a family film, but Bruce Cowling isn't a family film type villain. He's an ordinary guy who succumbs to the traditions of gold fever. Fred C. Dobbs never got as psychotic as this guy when he decides he doesn't want to split the strike that his partner Paul Kelly has uncovered, neither with Kelly or Ann Doran widow of a third partner who has a son Gary Gray.

Lassie is called Shep in this film, but it's our beloved collie just the same. Shep is the only witness to what happened to Kelly. Man can't prove anything that can stand up in a court of law, but the collie knows the story and the collie settles accounts in a manner worthy of a Corleone.

The Painted Hills is from MGM's B picture unit. I'd give this one a look, not as bad as some reviewers make it out.


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