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Challenge to Lassie Details


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 William Ludwig (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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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


Richard Thorpe
Robert Sisk
William Ludwig
Charles E. Schoenbaum
Andre Previn
Composer (Music Score)
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Eddie Imazu
Art Director