One last TV character who began life as a character from BookWorld, and you probably didn't know it. Maybe you did. Or maybe you thought "she" began life in the Cineverse?
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Lassie is a fictional collie dog character created by Eric Knight in a short story expanded to novel length called "Lassie Come-Home". Published in 1940, the novel was filmed by MGM in 1943 as "Lassie Come Home" with a dog named Pal playing Lassie. Pal then appeared with the stage name "Lassie" in six other MGM feature films through 1951. Pal's owner and trainer Rudd Weatherwax then acquired the Lassie name and trademark from MGM and appeared with Pal (as "Lassie") at rodeos, fairs, and similar events across America in the early 1950s.
In 1954, the long-running, Emmy winning television series Lassie debuted, and, over the next 19 years, a succession of Pal's descendants appeared on the series. The "Lassie" character has appeared in radio, television, film, toys, comic books, animated series, juvenile novels, and other media. Pal's descendants continue to play Lassie today.
Lassie has to be one of those examples of a human being who was reincarnated into a dog and who retained their previous human intelligence. The evidence comes in the 1959 episode "The Trap" in which Ruth got her leg caught in a trap which was set to capture a cougar. She tells Lassie to go fetch a C-Clamp, and the collie knows exactly what she wanted!!!!
Lassie was inducted into the TV Crossover Hall Of Fame in January of 2003......
|Um... That's not a C-Clamp, Dawg.|