MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 40,401 this week

Challenge to Lassie (1949)

G  |   |  Drama, Family  |  31 October 1949 (USA)
6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 354 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 3 critic

When Lassie's master dies, an old friend tries to convince a judge that the dog's life should be spared.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (based on the novel About A Skye Terrier, "Greyfriars Bobby")
0Check in
0Share...

Interview: Magic Mike

The Magic Mike XXL guys give some relationship advice to a 74-year-old fan.

Watch Now

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 208 titles
created 17 Jun 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 02 Jan 2013
 
a list of 806 titles
created 11 Oct 2013
 
a list of 120 titles
created 03 Apr 2014
 
a list of 48 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Challenge to Lassie (1949)

Challenge to Lassie (1949) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Challenge to Lassie.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Family | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: William Beaudine
Stars: June Lockhart, Hugh Reilly, Jon Provost
Family | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Scotland 1865. An old shepherd and his little Skye terrier go to Edinburgh. But when the shepherd dies of pneumonia, the dog remains faithful to his master, refuses to be adopted by anyone,... See full summary »

Director: Don Chaffey
Stars: Donald Crisp, Laurence Naismith, Alex Mackenzie
Drama | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Bill's separated from his litter, making friends with the wild creatures until he's found and adopted by young Kathie. An accident separates him from her, and he's drafted into K-9 duty in ... See full summary »

Director: Fred M. Wilcox
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Morgan, Tom Drake
Lassie (1954–1974)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The ongoing saga of the Martin family and their beloved collie, Lassie.

Stars: Lassie, Jon Provost, June Lockhart
Certificate: Passed Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The happy tranquility of Buggsville is shattered when the populace learns that a colossal skyscraper is to be built over their tiny town.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Shamus Culhane
Stars: Kenny Gardner, Gwen Williams, Jack Mercer
Drama | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Lassie is trying to find her way home. She will have to run all the way from Colorado to California. Her loving owner is looking for her too.

Director: Don Chaffey
Stars: James Stewart, Mickey Rooney, Pernell Roberts
Hills of Home (1948)
Adventure | Family | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

William McClure is the villlage doctor in a remote Scottish glen. Tricked into buying Lassie, a collie afraid of water, he sets about teaching her to swim. At the same time he has the ... See full summary »

Director: Fred M. Wilcox
Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Donald Crisp, Tom Drake
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After her destitute family is forced to sell her, a collie named Lassie escapes from her new owner and begins the long trek from Scotland to her Yorkshire home.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox
Stars: Roddy McDowall, Donald Crisp, Dame May Whitty
Son of Lassie (1945)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Laddie (Son of Lassie !) and his master are trapped in Norway during WW2 - has he inherited his mothers famous courage ?

Director: S. Sylvan Simon
Stars: Peter Lawford, Donald Crisp, June Lockhart
Family | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

A Lassie movie. 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... See full summary »

Director: Harold F. Kress
Stars: Pal, Paul Kelly, Bruce Cowling
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Set in the rural south of the United States, a bereaved war widow learns to to put aside her bitterness and grief as she grows to love a young orphan boy and the dog that belonged to her ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Lloyd Nolan, Claude Jarman Jr.
Drama | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A jaded former jockey helps a young girl prepare a wild but gifted horse for England's Grand National Sweepstakes.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, Donald Crisp
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Geraldine Brooks ...
...
Sergeant Davie
Alan Webb ...
Ross Ford ...
William Traill
Henry Stephenson ...
Sir Charles Loring
...
Lord Provost
...
Mrs. MacFarland
Edmund Breon ...
Magistrate
Arthur Shields ...
Dr. Lee
Lumsden Hare ...
MacFarland
Charles Irwin ...
Sergeant Major
Pal ...
Lassie (as Lassie)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 October 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desafio de Lassie  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This story is based loosely on that of "Greyfriars Bobby", which has appeared in several film versions. 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 »

Connections

Follows Lassie Come Home (1943) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Another Lassie film, this one based on "Greyfriars Bobby"...
22 September 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

The Scottish tale about a terrier has been altered to suit a famous MGM collie by the name of LASSIE--nothing wrong with that and no reason for another commentator to call this movie "evil". Isn't that carrying the notion of "politically incorrect" a bit too far??? The novel, of course, was "Greyfriar's Bobby", the story about a dog's faithful devotion to a departed master who insisted on sleeping on the man's grave.

MGM's roster of British talent play the Scots with varying degrees of success, including EDMUND GWENN, DONALD CRISP, HENRY STEPHENSON and REGINALD OWEN, with young GERALDINE BROOKS in the only important female role.

It passes the time pleasantly with the usual competent production values, but can't be ranked among the best of the Lassie films.


9 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
court system shokwave-1
Oudoor landscape locations maydom04
Discuss Challenge to Lassie (1949) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?