The Magic of Lassie

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The Magic of Lassie
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Don Chaffey
Produced by William Beaudine Jr.
Bonita Granville
Written by Robert B. Sherman
Richard M. Sherman
Jean Holloway
Starring James Stewart
Michael Sharrett
Pernell Roberts
Mickey Rooney
Stephanie Zimbalist
Alice Faye
Music by Songs:
Richard M. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman
Irwin Kostal
Cinematography Michael D. Margulies
Edited by John C. Harger
Distributed by The International Picture Show Company
Release dates
  • August 2, 1978 (1978-08-02)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Magic of Lassie is a 1978 Wrather Corporation film. It features James Stewart in one of only two musical film roles that he played (the first was in 1936's Born to Dance, in which Stewart introduced the Cole Porter standard Easy To Love). Mickey Rooney and Alice Faye (in her final film appearance) also make cameo appearances in the film. The screenplay and song score are supplied by the prolific Sherman Brothers of Mary Poppins fame. Their song, "When You're Loved" was nominated for an Academy Award for "Best 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 semi-retired from acting.


The story begins on the Mitchell Winery in Northern California. Lassie lives with Clovis Mitchell and his grandchildren, Chris and Kelly, but is discovered one day by her former owner. Lassie is taken back to the previous owner's estate in Colorado Springs. Dissatisfied with her new home, the dog runs away and travels across several states to be with the Mitchell family again.


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