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Challenge to Lassie

G Released Oct 31, 1949 1h 16m Drama List
Reviews 36% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings Jock Gray (Donald Crisp) stumbles upon an ownerless puppy named Lassie and decides to raise the youthful canine as his own. They live happily together until one day Jock is robbed and killed while traveling, leaving Lassie all alone. Feeling a deep bond to her former owner, Lassie returns each day to his grave despite the efforts of Jock's friend John (Edmund Gwenn) to find Lassie a new home. Lassie's prospects become dire when the local sheriff detains Lassie, threatening to put her down. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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bill t An almost guilty pleasure. We find Lassie in the Scottish Highlands in the 1860s (!!) as a elder sheepherder finds him/her as a puppy and trains Lassie to be a Sheepherder. When the sheepherder dies, Lassie takes comfort in sleeping by his graveside every night. There's a problem though! No Dogs allowed in Church Gravesites! That's pretty much the main plot of the 2nd half, as the problem winds up in Scottish Court! It's got action, suspense, some sad moments, and yes, Lassie on a perlious cliff, One of the more unusual Lassies out there, for sure. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member A little silly in parts, but it's still a wonderful and heart touching Lassie movie. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member I really hate the whole Lassie franchise but it's not made for me. It's made for people that want something family friendly and unbelievably sappy. Seriously, it's a dog... how do you get sad by projecting non-existing human emotions onto it? So, I tried my best and gave it my most unbiased attention. If you're going for family friendly and unbelievably sappy, you'll love this movie. Of course there are plot holes and the humans don't act the way real humans would in the same situation (not to mention the dog which doesn't act like a real dog throughout the whole movie). But, I guess if I had to dump some kid infront of the tv for a few hours, this would be an acceptable movie for them to stare at. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member not bad in the series Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member The later film about Greyfriars Bobby is a much better telling than using Lassie as a cheap substitute for the same story. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Jock Gray (Donald Crisp) stumbles upon an ownerless puppy named Lassie and decides to raise the youthful canine as his own. They live happily together until one day Jock is robbed and killed while traveling, leaving Lassie all alone. Feeling a deep bond to her former owner, Lassie returns each day to his grave despite the efforts of Jock's friend John (Edmund Gwenn) to find Lassie a new home. Lassie's prospects become dire when the local sheriff detains Lassie, threatening to put her down.
Director
Richard Thorpe
Producer
Robert Sisk
Screenwriter
William Ludwig
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Rating
G
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 31, 1949, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 1, 2009
Runtime
1h 16m
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