Son of Lassie
is a 1945 feature film
produced by MGM
based on characters created by Eric Knight, and starring Peter Lawford
, Donald Crisp
, June Lockhart
. A sequel to Lassie Come Home
, the film focuses on the now adult Joe Carraclough after he joins the Royal Air Force
during the Second World War
and is shot down over Nazi-occupied Norway along with stowaway, Lassie's son "Laddie"–played by Lassie
. It was released theatrically on April 20, 1945.
In Yorkshire, England at the estate of the Duke of Rudling, the British Army converted the grounds into a training camp for war dogs. The camp is placed under the supervision of Sam Carraclough, the kennel caretaker, who immediately begins the process of selecting the best dogs for training, including Laddie, the young pup of the champion collie, Lassie. Joe Carraclough, now an adult, joins the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the Second World War. Departing for training school, he is forced to leave behind his dog Lassie and her pup, Laddie.
Laddie, being considered as a "war dog", follows Joe to training school and then stows away on his master's bomber, just as it takes off on a dangerous mission over Nazi-occupied Norway. The two are forced to parachute when hit by enemy fire. Laddie seeks help for his injured master and while they are separated with Joe being captured, the dog is pursued by enemy soldiers, first being sheltered by young Norwegian children and then by a freedom-fighter who is... Read More