Challenge to Lassie

Challenge to Lassie

Edmund Gwenn
Director: Richard Thorpe Cast: Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
, Donald Crisp
Donald Crisp
, Geraldine Brooks
Geraldine Brooks
Richard Thorpe

DVD (Full Frame)



A "new" Lassie (once again, a male collie in drag) starred in A Challenge to Lassie, MGM's fourth entry in their series based on characters created by Eric Knight. This time, Lassie is plunked into the plotline of William Ludwig's novel Greyfriars Bobby (remade by Disney under its original title in 1963). In 19th-century Edinburgh, crusty sheepherder Jock Gray (Donald Crisp) rescues a puppy and raises it into a champion sheep dog. When Gray is murdered by rustlers, his faithful collie keeps a night-and-day watch over his late master's grave, despite local laws banning the presence of unleashed canines. The rest of the film is a battle of wills between kindly innkeeper John Traill (Edmund Gwenn) and by-the-book constable Davie (Reginald Owen) over the dog's well-being. A romantic subplot is capably handled by Geraldine Brooks and Ross Ford, both of whom went on to healthy character-actor careers.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/21/2017
UPC: 0888574474676
Original Release: 1949
Rating: G
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:16:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edmund Gwenn John Traill
Donald Crisp Jock Gray
Geraldine Brooks Susan Brown
Reginald Owen Sgt. Davis
Alan Webb James Brown
Ross Ford William Traill
Henry Stephenson Sir Charles Loring
Alan Napier Lord Provost
Sara Allgood Mrs. MacFarland
Edmund Breon Magistrate
Arthur Shields Dr. Lee
Lumsden Hare MacFarland
Charles Irwin Sergeant Major
Lassie the Dog Actor
Kathryn Beaumont Uncredited

Technical Credits
Richard Thorpe Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Eddie Imazu Art Director
William Ludwig Screenwriter
André Previn Score Composer
Charles E. Schoenbaum Cinematographer
Robert Sisk Producer
George White Editor

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