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TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Family [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Disc 1: Side A - Includes Introduction by Don Knotts
  • Vintage Featurette - Weekend at Weeki Wachee
  • Henry Limpet's Fishtank
  • Get in the Swim with Henry Challenge
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Side B: Flipper - (1963) Includes: Classic Cartoon Salt Water Tabby
  • Trailers of Flipper and Sequel Flipper's New Adventure
  • Disc 2 Side A - National Velvet Includes Theatrical Trailer
  • Side B - Lassie Come Home - Includes Vintage Short Fala
  • Lassie Movie Trailer Gallery
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Lassie Come Home
Female dogs tend to shed while in heat; this is why all the collies who've played doggy heroine Lassie in the movies have actually been well-disguised males. A magnificent animal named Pal was the screen's first Lassie in 1943's Lassie Come Home. Set in Yorkshire during the first World War, the film gets under way when the poverty-stricken parents (Donald Crisp, Elsa Lanchester) of young Joe Carraclough (Roddy McDowall) are forced to sell his beloved Lassie. While her new master, the duke of Rudling (Nigel Bruce), is pleasant enough, Lassie prefers the company of Joe and repeatedly escapes. Even when cared for by the duke's affectionate granddaughter, Priscilla (Elizabeth Taylor), Lassie insists upon heading back to her original home. This time, however, the trip is much longer, and Lassie must depend upon the kindness of strangers, notably farmers Dally (Dame May Whitty) and Dan'l Fadden (Ben Webster) and handyman Rowlie (Edmund Gwenn). Based on the novel by Eric Knight (originally serialized in The Saturday Evening Post), Lassie Come Home was released quite some time after Knight's death. Like all the Lassie sequels turned out by MGM between 1943 and 1951, Lassie Come Home was lensed in Technicolor. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

National Velvet
Although National Velvet was the first starring role for 11-year-old Elizabeth Taylor, the early part of the film belongs to Mickey Rooney in the showier role of Mike Taylor, a headstrong English ex-jockey. Soured on life by a serious accident, Mike plans to steal from the country family that has taken him in, but his resolve is weakened by the kindness of young Velvet (Taylor). The two find a common bond in their love of horses. Velvet wins an "unbreakable" horse in a raffle, and enters the animal in the Grand National Sweepstakes. Though Mike is unable to ride the horse, he aids Velvet in her plan to disguise herself as a jockey; she wins the race...but the story isn't over quite yet. Co-starring as Velvet's mother is Anne Revere, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance. National Velvet is based on the novel by Enid Bagnold. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Incredible Mr. Limpet
In this amusing fantasy, a combination of live-action and animated effects, Don Knotts plays scrawny bookkeeper Henry Limpet, who longs to help the U.S. after the outbreak of World War II. He becomes depressed after being turned down by the Navy, particularly after his pal George (Jack Weston) is accepted. When Henry takes a walk on the Coney Island pier with his wife Bessie (Carole Cook), he falls into the water and is transformed into a fish, complete with his reading spectacles. Henry finally gets to help the war effort by helping to track down Nazi U boats for the Navy. Andrew Duggan and Larry Keating play the admirals who spearhead the secret mission involving the transformed Henry. Longtime Disney production associate John Rose was the producer of this film, and the influence of the animation is evident. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

Salt Water Tabby
Donning an old-fashioned bathing suit, Tom heads to the beach for a refreshing swim. Such obstacles as low tide and litter keep him from doing so, but Tom does find time to romance a sexy female cat (in a bikini, no less). While Tom is thus diverted, Jerry voraciously loots the girl's picnic basket. Ultimately, Tom gives chase, and the "beach" gags come thick and fast, including a lengthy battle with a hostile green crab, and various confrontations with a balky umbrella, a sabotaged sandwich, a super-effervescent bottle of soda pop and a rampaging blow-up toy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Flipper
The surprise hit of the summer of 1963, Flipper is a thoroughly captivating outdoor adventure from the Ivan Tors factory. Sandy Ricks (Luke Halpin), the young son of Florida fisherman Porter Ricks (Chuck Connors), nurses a wounded dolphin back to health. His father would prefer that Sandy allow the dolphin to return to its natural habitat, but Sandy has other ideas. After "Flipper" rescues Sandy from a shark, however, the boy grants the dolphin his freedom. Ideally suited for audiences of all ages, Flipper was fully deserving of its success; within a year, it had spawned a theatrical sequel and a long-running TV series, which, like the film, cast Suzy the Dolphin as the "hero" Flipper. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Roddy McDowall
    Roddy McDowall - Joe Carraclough
  • Donald Crisp
    Donald Crisp - Sam Carraclough
  • Edmund Gwenn
    Edmund Gwenn - Rowlie
  • Elsa Lanchester
    Elsa Lanchester - Mrs. Carraclough
  • Nigel Bruce
    Nigel Bruce - Duke of Rudling
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