Challenge to Lassie (1949)

G  |   |  Drama, Family  |  31 October 1949 (USA)
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When Lassie's master dies, an old friend tries to convince a judge that the dog's life should be spared.



(screenplay), (based on the novel About A Skye Terrier, "Greyfriars Bobby")
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Geraldine Brooks ...
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In 1860 Ediburgh, sheep herder Jock Gray finds a Collie puppy on the loose. When she is unclaimed, he takes her as his own and calls her Lassie. They are soon inseparable but when Jock dies and is buried in an unmarked grave, Lassie takes to sleeping in the churchyard to be near him. Jock's good friend John Traill is prepared to find a good home for Lassie but no matter how hard he tries, she always manages to get away and despite any obstacles put in her way, manages to get back to Jock's grave. It all comes to a head when a local magistrate orders her destroyed for not having a license leading Traill to take his case to a higher court. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

31 October 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desafio de Lassie  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Donald Crisp ('Jock' Gray) would later appear in Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog (1961), which was likewise based on Eleanor Atkinson's 1912 novel "Greyfriars Bobby". See more »


When Lassie is crawling out of the river, the POV is from the river and the river is running from left to right. When she comes over the bank, the POV is toward the river, the water is running from left to right. See more »


Follows Hills of Home (1948) See more »

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So easy to love...
8 June 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am personally quite surprised at the film's low rating here. I love this film, I find it so easy to love and so endearing, affectionate and touching. The film looks gorgeous, with lush scenery and cinematography, and the music is soothing and fits splendidly. The dialogue amused and moved me, the story was always engaging and poignant and the film pace-wise was never dull, at least not for me. It is beautifully directed as well, and while actors such as Edmund Gwenn and Donald Crisp give very likable performances and fit their characters very well, Lassie steals the show. She is absolutely adorable, and I can't count the number of times I empathised with her here.

All in all, a lovely film. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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