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Challenge to Lassie (1949)

 -  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.

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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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Desafio de Lassie  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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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Follows Hills of Home (1948) See more »

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Lovely and Endearing. A Real Treat
10 December 2005 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

A wonderful movie starring the original Lassie. A sad tale of an owner who dies and his loyal dog who prefers to sleep on his grave only to find it is against the law. The movie is a Lassie movie of old, that's for sure and a treat to view and watch. A real family film, entertaining for all ages. The setting is Scotland and of course, we see it is a Hollywood set, but so what? It is a wonderful film and you will become enraptured with this beautiful collie dog who acts and performs like a human being. I highly recommend the film. Very lovely, endearing and a real treat. As is any Lassie movie. Don't miss it. It comes on TV a lot or rent or buy it. It is a keeper.


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