Dogs make great cinematic heroes. They're the perfect protagonists for the classic movie story themes of courage, hope and loyalty. Plus, they're cute, charming, furry and speak a language everyone understands.
The Westminster Dog Show may be over but invite your pet to "sit!" and listen as Movies on the Radio goes to the dogs. David Garland presents music from great dog movies--music with just the right frisky-factor to depict canine playfulness, as well as the drama of dangerous situations and happy reunions.
We hear from "Marley & Me," "Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey," and other recent dog movies, but the centerpiece of the show is the extraordinary five-CD set of "Lassie" film scores released by Film Score Monthly. From that set we hear from "Lassie Come Home," "Courage of Lassie," and more, featuring music by composers such as Daniele Amfitheatrof, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and André Previn, scored for symphony orchestra and the famous collie's barks and yips.
Lassie Come Home (1943) trailer: