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The Magic of Lassie
Lassie
is a 1978 American musical drama film directed by Don Chaffey, starring Lassie, James Stewart, Stephanie Zimbalist, Pernell Roberts, and Michael Sharrett, with cameo appearances by Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
and Alice Faye
Alice Faye
(in her final film appearance). James Stewart is featured in one of only three musical film roles that he played: the first was Born to Dance
Born to Dance
(1936) in which he introduced the Cole Porter
Cole Porter
standard "Easy To Love" and the second was Pot O' Gold (1941). This was also his final onscreen appearance in a live-action film. The screenplay and song score are supplied by the prolific Sherman Brothers
Sherman Brothers
of Mary Poppins fame. Their song "When You're Loved" was nominated for an Academy Award for "Best Original Song" and was sung by Debby Boone. It is also the only musical film featuring Lassie. Released in the wake of Star Wars, the film was panned as old-fashioned, and flopped at the box office. Critics expressed dismay at Stewart singing unmemorable songs as the grandfather. Following the film's failure, he semiretired from acting.

Contents

1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Soundtrack
Soundtrack
(US version) 4 Soundtrack
Soundtrack
(UK version) 5 Production and release

5.1 Filming 5.2 Release 5.3 Novelization

6 References 7 External links

Plot[edit] The Mitchell Vineyard, in the rolling hills of Northern California, is the very blood of Clovis Mitchell (Stewart), a spare and dignified grandfather and guardian to Kelly (Stephanie Zimbalist) and her brother Chris (Michael Sharrett). The heart of the household, though, is Lassie, a handsome young collie, affectionate, obedient, sensitive, and very wise. A threat is in the air one night when Jamison (Roberts) and his associate Finch (Robert Lussier) appear at the winery and offer to buy the land from Clovis. They get a flat refusal from the old man, while Lassie
Lassie
growls in the background. Jamison promises to return, and does, to claim Lassie, one of a litter he says escaped during a fire. She has a tattoo mark in her right ear to prove it. Clovis has no alternative but to give up the dog, and tells his heart-broken grandchildren. Lassie
Lassie
has an alternative; taken by private plane to Jamison's home in Colorado Springs, fitted with a handsome green collar with gold studs, Lassie
Lassie
makes her escape. Chased by helicopter and kennel men through the rocks and hills of Colorado, Lassie
Lassie
manages to elude them and out-stare a cougar before she joins up with new friends – Gus (Rooney), a down-at-heel wrestling manager and Apollo (Mike Mazurki), a kindly mountain of a man and Gus's so-called star. About the time they are binding up Lassie's sores, giving her food and water, and moving along in their van, young Chris bolts on his first day of the school term and sets off alone in search of Lassie. With his distraught grandfather setting out to find the boy, and Kelly and her sweetheart, attorney Allan Fogerty (Lane Davies), checking with the police, Chris takes a car conveyor in the direction of Colorado Springs. Soon after the truck takes off, a hungry and frightened Chris leaves the vehicle, buys food in a restaurant from a sympathetic waitress (Faye), then goes out to look for another truck, and finally dives into the back of a cattle truck. The restaurant waitress, hearing reports of Chris's disappearance, calls his home and tells his sister where the boy has been, but Chris is on the move again, and so is Lassie. He in an empty cattle truck, she in the doorway of a freight car. Lassie
Lassie
leaps from the freight car and continues her journey. Clovis and the police officer who is aiding in the search for Chris, hear his cries as he is about to be crushed by a herd of Longhorns being loaded into his hiding place. Everybody is home – everybody but Lassie, whose ownership by Clovis has been clarified by Allan, the young attorney, who is about to join the family as an in-law. Lassie
Lassie
continues her long, painful journey. Wet, sore-footed, and limping, she stumbles upon the Mike Curb
Mike Curb
Congregation, who are rehearsing. The group takes Lassie
Lassie
along to their engagement, where a flare is knocked over, causing a fire. Panic ensues. Lassie
Lassie
is trying to save the life of a kitten from a burning dressing room and is presumed dead, but she is not, and the next day – Thanksgiving – Lassie, tired and filthy, comes wagging over the hill to Chris, Clover, Kelly, and home. Cast[edit]

James Stewart
James Stewart
as Clovis Mitchell Stephanie Zimbalist as Kelly Mitchell Pernell Roberts
Pernell Roberts
as Jamison Michael Sharrett as Chris Mitchell Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
as Gus Alice Faye
Alice Faye
as the Waitress (Alice) Gene Evans
Gene Evans
as Sheriff Andrews Mike Mazurki
Mike Mazurki
as Apollo Robert Lussier as Finch Lane Davies as Allan Fogerty James V. Reynolds as Officer Wilson Rayford Barnes
Rayford Barnes
as Reward Seeker Buck Young as TV Announcer Bob Cashell as Ed Gary Davis as Motorcycle Officer Carl Nielsen as Mr. Kern

Soundtrack
Soundtrack
(US version)[edit]

The Magic of Lassie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Soundtrack
Soundtrack
album

Released November 23, 1978

Recorded 1978

Genre Soundtrack

Label Peter Pan Records

Producer Irwin Kostal

Singles from The Magic of Lassie

"When You're Loved" Released: 1978 "I Can't Say Goodbye" Released: 1979

The Magic of Lassie
Lassie
soundtrack album was released in the United States by Peter Pan Records on November 23, 1978. It was the first soundtrack LP to be issued on the Peter Pan Records label under its Orange Blossom logo. The songs were composed by Robert B. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman
and Richard M. Sherman, and all music was supervised, arranged, and conducted by Irwin Kostal.

Side 1

"When You're Loved" – Debby Boone "Nobody's Property" – Mike Curb
Mike Curb
Congregation "Travellin' Music" – Mickey Rooney "There'll be Other Friday Nights" – Debby Boone "A Rose Is Not A Rose" – Pat Boone

Side 2

"Banjo Song" – Mike Curb
Mike Curb
Congregation "Brass Rings and Day Dreams" – Debby Boone "That Hometown Feeling" – James Stewart "I Can't Say Goodbye" – Mike Curb
Mike Curb
Congregation "Thanksgiving Prayer" – James Stewart

Soundtrack
Soundtrack
(UK version)[edit]

The Magic of Lassie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Soundtrack
Soundtrack
album

Released February 1979

Recorded 1978

Genre Soundtrack

Label Pickwick Records

Producer Irwin Kostal

A slightly different version of The Magic of Lassie
Lassie
soundtrack with a new cover was issued in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
by Pickwick Records in February 1979. The running order of the tracks on this version differ from that of the original soundtrack and three soundtrack songs not featured on the US release are included on the UK release – an instrumental version of "Nobody's Property" conducted by Irwin Kostal, a new recording of "A Rose Is Not a Rose" by Alice Faye
Alice Faye
and a reprise of "When You're Loved" by Debby Boone.

Side 1

"When You're Loved" – Debby Boone "Nobody's Property" – Mike Curb
Mike Curb
Congregation "Travellin' Music" – Mickey Rooney "There'll be Other Friday Nights" – Debby Boone "A Rose Is Not A Rose" – Pat Boone "Banjo Song" – Mike Curb
Mike Curb
Congregation

Side 2

"Nobody's Property" (Instrumental) – Irwin Kostal "A Rose Is Not A Rose" – Alice Faye "That Hometown Feeling" – James Stewart "Brass Rings and Daydreams" – Debby Boone "Thanksgiving Prayer" – James Stewart "I Can't Say Goodbye" – Mike Curb
Mike Curb
Congregation "When You're Loved" (Reprise) – Debby Boone

Production and release[edit] Filming[edit] The film was shot from September 19 to late November 1977 on location in Sonoma County, California
Sonoma County, California
at Hop Kiln Winery, Griffin Vineyard on Westside Road, Healdsburg, California.[1] Other locations included Boomtown in Reno, Nevada
Reno, Nevada
and Zion National Park
Zion National Park
in Utah. Release[edit] On July 27, 1978, the world premiere of The Magic of Lassie
Lassie
was held at Radio City Music Hall
Radio City Music Hall
in New York City
New York City
and broke a box-office record, grossing $40,673.75 on its opening day. It was released in New York on August 2 and nationwide on August 18. It opened in Los Angeles on December 8, 1978. Novelization[edit] A paperback novelization of the film was written by Robert Weverka and published by Bantam Books
Bantam Books
to coincide with the film's release. References[edit]

^ The Magic of Lassie: American Film Institute (AFI), retrieved April 19, 2016.

External links[edit]

The Magic of Lassie
Lassie
on IMDb The Magic of Lassie
Lassie
at Rotten Tomatoes The Magic of Lassie
Lassie
at the TCM Movie Database The Magic of Lassie
Lassie
at AllMovie

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Works featuring Lassie

Novel

Lassie
Lassie
Come-Home

Films

Lassie
Lassie
Come Home (1943) Son of Lassie
Lassie
(1945) Courage of Lassie
Lassie
(1946) Hills of Home (1948) The Sun Comes Up
The Sun Comes Up
(1949) Challenge to Lassie
Lassie
(1949) The Painted Hills
The Painted Hills
(1951) Lassie's Great Adventure
Lassie's Great Adventure
(1963) The Magic of Lassie
Lassie
(1978) Lassie
Lassie
(1994) Lassie
Lassie
(2005)

Live television series

Lassie
Lassie
(1954–1973) The New Lassie
Lassie
(1989–1991) Lassie
Lassie
(1997–1999) Lassie's Pet Vet (2007)

Animated television series

Lassie's Rescue Rangers
Lassie's Rescue Rangers
(1973–1974) Famous Dog Lassie
Lassie
(1996) The New Adventures of Lassie
Lassie
(2014)

Other

Lassie: A New Beginning (1978) (TV Movie) Lassie
Lassie
(manga series)

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Films directed by Don Chaffey

Strange Stories (1953) Skid Kids (1953) Time Is My Enemy (1954) The Secret Tent (1956) The Girl in the Picture (1957) The Flesh Is Weak (1957) A Question of Adultery (1958) The Man Upstairs (1958) Danger Within (1959) Dentist in the Chair (1960) Lies My Father Told Me (1960) Nearly a Nasty Accident (1961) A Matter of WHO (1961) Greyfriars Bobby (1961) The Webster Boy (1962) Jason and the Argonauts (1963) The Three Lives of Thomasina
The Three Lives of Thomasina
(1963) A Jolly Bad Fellow (1964) The Crooked Road (1965) One Million Years B.C. (1966) The Viking Queen (1967) A Twist of Sand (1968) Clinic Exclusive (1971) Creatures the World Forgot (1971) Charley One-Eye (1973) Persecution (1974) Ride a Wild Pony (1975) The Fourth Wish (1976) Pete's Dragon (1977) The Magic of Lassie (1978) C.H.O.M.P.S. (1979)

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The Sherman Brothers

Richard M. Sherman Robert B. Sherman

Motion pictures

The Parent Trap (1961) The Absent-Minded Professor
The Absent-Minded Professor
(1961) Greyfriars Bobby (1961) Bon Voyage! (1962) A Symposium on Popular Songs (1962) In Search of the Castaways (1962) Big Red (1962) Moon Pilot
Moon Pilot
(1962) Summer Magic
Summer Magic
(1963) The Sword in the Stone (1963) The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
(1964) The Moon-Spinners
The Moon-Spinners
(1964) Mary Poppins (1964) Those Calloways
Those Calloways
(1965) The Monkey's Uncle (1965) That Darn Cat!
That Darn Cat!
(1965) Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
(1966) Follow Me Boys
Follow Me Boys
(1966) The Happiest Millionaire
The Happiest Millionaire
(1967) The Jungle Book (1967) The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
(1967) The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
(1968) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
(1968) Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
(1968) The Aristocats
The Aristocats
(1970) Goldilocks (1971) Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
(1971) Snoopy, Come Home
Snoopy, Come Home
(1972) Charlotte's Web (1973) Tom Sawyer (1973) Huckleberry Finn (1974) Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too
(1974) The Slipper and the Rose
The Slipper and the Rose
(1976) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
(1977) The Magic of Lassie
Lassie
(1978) Magic Journeys (1982) Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore
Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore
(1983) Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1992) The Mighty Kong
The Mighty Kong
(1998) Seasons of Giving
Seasons of Giving
(1999) The Tigger Movie (2000)

Stage musicals and musical revues

Victory Canteen (1971) Over Here!
Over Here!
(1974) Dawgs (1983) The Slipper and the Rose
The Slipper and the Rose
(1984) Busker Alley (1994) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
(2002) On the Record (2004) Mary Poppins (2004) Merry-Go-Round workshop (2007) A Spoonful of Sherman
A Spoonful of Sherman
(2014)

Theme park attractions

Golden Horseshoe Revue (1955) King Arthur Carrousel
King Arthur Carrousel
(1955) Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
(1963) It's a Small World
It's a Small World
(1966) Adventure Thru Inner Space
Adventure Thru Inner Space
(1967) Main Street Electrical Parade
Main Street Electrical Parade
(1972) America Sings
America Sings
(1974) Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress
Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress
(1975) America on Parade (1975) CommuniCore
CommuniCore
(1982) Imagination! (1982) Magic Journeys (1982) The World Showcase
World Showcase
March (1982) Japan (Epcot)
Japan (Epcot)
(1982) Journey into Imagination (1983) Meet the World (1983) Innoventions (1998) Rocket Rods
Rocket Rods
(1998) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
(1999) Disneyland Forever
Disneyland Forever
(2015)

Books

Walt's Time: from before to beyond (1998) Moose: Chapters From My Life (2013)

Related

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009) Saving Mr. Banks
Saving Mr. Banks
(2013) The

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