Title
The Painted Hills
Genres
Action, Adventure, Drama, Family
Actors
Gary Gray, Paul Kelly, Bruce Cowling, Art Smith, Ann Doran, Chief Yowlachie, Andrea Virginia Lester, Brown Jug Reynolds, Mitchell Lewis, Charles Watts, Pal
Tagline
Country
 United States of America
Director
Harold F. Kress
Producer
Chester M. Franklin
Runtime
1 h 08 min
Release Date
4 May 1951
Overview
After years of prospecting, Jonathan finally strikes gold. He returns to town only to discover that his partner has since died and left Tommy fatherless. He decides to leave Shep (played by Lassie) with Tommy to cheer him up. Meanwhile, Jonathan's new partner, Lin, isn't interested in sharing the gold, and lures Jonathan to his death. Lassie immediately deduces what's happened, so Lin poisons Lassie. Lassie barely pulls through and pursues Lin to a climactic confrontation where, due to an off-screen accident with some liquid nitrogen, Lin's gun jams.