Lassie’s Predecessor

Shep’s Race with Death
R: Jack Harvey (as John Harvey). D: Mrs. Whitcove, J.S. Murray, Marie Rainford, Marion Fairbanks, Madeline Fairbanks. P: Thanhouser Film Corporation. USA 1914

“If you thought Lassie had little to draw on in way of predecessors, there’s a revelation in store in this silent 1914 melodrama and its titular star, a fun-loving collie who appeared in several Thanhouser films in 1914 and 1915 and who here proves fully capable of outwitting a horse, a speeding train and a disagreeable old lady.”
Robert Avila