Challenge to Lassie

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Challenge to Lassie ★★½ 1949 (G)

When Lassie's Scottish master dies, the faithful pup remains at his grave. An unsympathetic policeman orders Lassie to leave the premises, inspiring a debate among the townsfolk as to the dog's fate. Based on a true story (although the original hero was a Skye Terrier); remade as “Greyfriar's Bobby.” 76m/C VHS . Edmund Gwenn, Donald Crisp, Geraldine Brooks, Reginald Owen, Alan Webb, Henry Stephenson, Alan Napier, Sara Allgood; D: Richard Thorpe; M: Andre Previn.