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Challenge to Lassie (1949)

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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Complete credited cast:
Sergeant Davie
Alan Webb ...
William Traill
Sir Charles Loring
Lord Provost
Mrs. MacFarland
Dr. Lee
Charles Irwin ...
Sergeant Major
Pal ...
Lassie (as Lassie)


In Edinburgh in 1860, 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 »


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Greyfriar's Bobby in Collie clothing
6 August 2012 | by (Leicester, England) – See all my reviews

Its hard for me to watch this or judge it well as it seems, plot-wise, its successor 1960's Greyfriar's Bobby almost completely ripped off the plot.

When I read the synopsis in the TV guide, I actually thought the movie title was misprinted. However after giving it a shot, I did notice some amazing similarities and some good differences. Differences I guess that epitomised a Lassie film back then.

I know the 60's movie Greyfriar's Bobby very well, so I did chuckle at many references that was 'inspired or duplicated'.

And having Donald Crisp have a role in the movie, then 11 years later appear in effectively the same movie, in a different role tied both the movies well. But to me Greyfriar's Bobby, the TRUE dog, will always be better than Lassie.

LAssie or Bobby.. it doesn't really matter. The story is absolutely compelling from start to finish.

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