Hills of Home (film)

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Hills of Home
Hills of Home FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Fred M. Wilcox
Produced by Robert Sisk
Screenplay by William Ludwig
Eric Knight
Based on A Doctor of the Old School
(1895 novel) 
by Ian Maclaren
Starring Pal (credited as "Lassie")
Edmund Gwenn
Donald Crisp
Tom Drake
Janet Leigh
Narrated by Donald Crisp
Music by Herbert Stothart
Cinematography Charles Edgar Schoenbaum
Edited by Ralph E. Winters
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • December 1948 (1948-12)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,946,000[1]
Box office $2,312,000[1]

Hills of Home (also known as Danger in the Hills and Master of Lassie [2]) is a 1948 Technicolor drama film, the fourth in a series of seven MGM Lassie films. It starred Edmund Gwenn, Donald Crisp, and Tom Drake.


Dr. William MacLure (Edmund Gwenn) a Scottish doctor, adopts Lassie, who has an unnatural aversion to water. The Dr. tries to cure Lassie of her fears, but she remains water-shy.

Young Tammas Milton needs an operation. The doctor wants to use chloroform but the locals in the Glen are against this new idea. The doctor proves its worth by using it to put lassie to sleep for over twenty minutes. After operating in his own house to save the young man's life, the elderly doctor in payment has extracted a promise from his father, a friend who was the previous owner of Lassie, that he will allow him to send the young man on a four year medical course in Edinburgh so he can take over from him one day as doctor in the Glen.

The young man when recovered is sent away and the increasingly old doctor continues administering to his patients in the area, who begin to fear for his health. One snowy night the doctor is called out and sees a patient. On the way home, he dozes off on his horse (no cars) and a tree branch knocks him down into the snow. Lassie rushes across a damaged bridge over a flood swollen river to get help and when he returns with two men, the bridge has been washed away.

With MacLure's life in danger, the dog is forced to dive into a raging river to get to the other side. After almost being pulled under by a whirlpool twice, Lassie makes the other side on her second attempt and seeing this, the two men wade across the waist deep flooded river. They find MacLure who is still unconscious in the snow and very cold and get him home. He eventually comes to and spends some days in bed but it has been too much for him and he dies. Shortly after his funeral, attended by all in the Glen, the new doctor arrives, having passed his exams, and takes over the practice.

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The film earned $1,407,000 in the US and Canada and $905,000 overseas, resulting in a loss to MGM of $689,000.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ Turner Classic Movies: Hills of Home (1948) Linked 2014-06-06
  3. ^ "Top Grossers of 1948", Variety 5 January 1949 p 46

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