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My Friend Flicka
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Director:
Writers:
Francis Edward Faragoh (adaptation)
Lillie Hayward (screenplay)
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Release Date:
6 January 1944 (Australia) See more »
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A story from the heart of America...to thrill America's heart!
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Ken McLaughlin struggles to please his family in any way. He comes back from boarding school boasting... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Roddy McDowall ... Ken McLaughlin
Preston Foster ... Rob McLaughlin
Rita Johnson ... Nell McLaughlin
James Bell ... Gus
Patti Hale ... Hildy (as Diana Hale)

Jeff Corey ... Tim Murphy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmy Aubrey ... (uncredited)
Arthur Loft ... Charley Sargent (uncredited)
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Directed by
Harold D. Schuster  (as Harold Schuster)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Francis Edward Faragoh  adaptation (as Francis Edwards Faragoh)
Lillie Hayward  screenplay
Mary O'Hara  novel

Produced by
Ralph Dietrich .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
David Buttolph (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer (uncredited)
Cyril J. Mockridge (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Dewey Wrigley 
 
Film Editing by
Robert Fritch 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Chester Gore 
 
Set Decoration by
Paul S. Fox 
Thomas Little 
 
Costume Design by
Herschel McCoy  (as Herschel)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jasper Blystone .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Robert E. Goux .... construction foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Joseph E. Aiken .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
 
Stunts
Monty Roberts .... stunt double
Everett Creach .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Powolny .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Raksin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Henri Jaffa .... associate technicolor director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor director
Jack Lindell .... equine supervisor
Lester Hilton .... assistant equine supervisor (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
89 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 7, 1943 with Roddy McDowall and Rita Johnson reprising their film roles.See more »
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Referenced in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Roddy McDowall Has Horse Sense, 12 September 2010
Author: wes-connors from Earth

"In this touching family film based on the celebrated novel by Mary O'Hara, ten-year-old Kenny McLaughlin (Roddy McDowall), a rancher's son, desperately wants a horse of his own. When his father (Preston Foster) finally agrees to let him choose a foal, Ken picks Flicka, a beautiful but high-spirited filly who comes from a bloodline considers hopelessly wild. It is up to Ken to prove Flicka is tamable or risk losing her. Along the way, Ken and his family learn some important lessons in the poignant tale of love, patience, faith, and hope beyond hope," according to the DVD synopsis.

The most obvious outstanding feature of this excellent family drama is the stunningly beautiful Technicolor photography by Dewey Wrigley, with Natalie Kalmus and Henri Jaffa assisting. Both the Utah location and 20th Century-Fox lots are spectacular, often with a gentle breeze highlighting the scenery. The studio could have easily pushed for an "Academy Award" (to compete with MGM's "Lassie Come Home") in the "Best Color Cinematography" category.

According to my Svenska grandfather, "Flicka" means just "girl" in Swedish, not as the film states, "little girl." The story trims the book to make "My Friend Flicka" seem more about the curiously cold relationship father Foster has with his son. By the film's end, you expect the distant dad will be closer to young McDowall. He and "Flicka" are tremendously appealing, and charmed viewers through sequels, a TV series, and numerous repeats through the 1950s.

******** My Friend Flicka (5/26/43) Harold Schuster ~ Roddy McDowall, Preston Foster, Rita Johnson, James Bell

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