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Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog (1961)

Approved | | Drama, Family | 17 July 1961 (USA)
The remarkable veritable story of a terrier named Bobby and the enduring friendship he forges with a tenderhearted shepherd known simply as Old Jock---unbroken even by the kindly old man's death.

Director:

Don Chaffey

Writers:

Robert Westerby (screenplay), Eleanor Atkinson (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Crisp ... James Brown
Laurence Naismith ... Mr. Traill
Alex Mackenzie ... Auld Jock
Duncan Macrae ... Sgt. Davie Maclean
Andrew Cruickshank Andrew Cruickshank ... Lord Provost
Gordon Jackson ... Farmer
Rosalie Crutchley ... Farmer's wife
Freda Jackson ... Old woman caretaker
Moultrie Kelsall ... Magistrate
Joyce Carey ... First Lady
Vincent Winter ... Tammy
Jameson Clark Jameson Clark ... Constable (as Jameson Clarke)
Jack Lambert Jack Lambert ... Doctor
Bruce Seton ... Prosecutor
Joan Juliet Buck ... Ailie (as Joan Buck)
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Storyline

Scotland, 1865. An old shepherd and his little Skye Terrier Bobby go to Edinburgh. But when the shepherd dies of pneumonia, the dog remains faithful to his master, refuses to be adopted by anyone, and takes to sleeping on his master's grave in the Greyfriars Kirkyard, despite a caretaker with a "no dogs" rule. And when Bobby is taken up for being unlicensed, it's up to the children of Edinburgh and the Lord Provost to decide what's to be done. Written by Kathy Li

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This is Bobby...the begrimed, bewitching little Skye Terrier who lived an astonishing adventure that sparked a city-wide uproar and wrought a heart-stealing miracle without equal! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog See more »

Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$721,203
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Donald Crisp (James Brown) and Gordon Jackson (Farmer) played the same character, albeit with different spelling, in separate adaptations of the 1932 novel "Mutiny on the Bounty" by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall: Crisp played Burkitt in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) while Jackson played Seaman Edward Birkett in Mutiny on the Bounty (1962). See more »

Quotes

Urchin: A Penny? A Whole Penny? Each?
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Soundtracks

The Seventy-Ninth's Farewell to Gibraltar
(uncredited)
Traditional bagpipe tune
Arranged by John McDonald
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Wonderful, sentimental story of a faithful dog.
28 December 1998 | by MartaSee all my reviews

I'm sure everyone who grew up in the 60's remembers watching the wonderful world of Disney, where this film originally appeared. I remember watching it then and crying during the movie. It is a sentimental, heartwarming but very true to life story of Greyfriar's Bobby, a small dog who refused to leave his master, even after the master's death. Bobby sleeps on the master's grave at night, and is looked after by the residents of the Edinburgh, Scotland, neighborhood. When the question of paying for his license comes into the picture, the entire neighborhood, one of the poorest in Scotland, buys his license. Laurence Naismith and Donald Crisp are two of the neighborhood residents, and they are both great. Might be too slow for some kids, but don't let that stop you. It's a marvelous, well-told story and touched by just the right amount of realism and atmosphere. The residents of Edinburgh erected a statue in Bobby's honor after his death, and it's still there for everyone to enjoy, in remembrance of a Skye Terrier with a loyal heart.


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