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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!
Plot:
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)

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)
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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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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Minus the Star Power, 10 April 2007
Author: inspectors71 from The Man-Cave

From some of the comments about the first version of My Friend Flicka, you'd think the movie was 89 minutes of pure schmaltz, but I enjoyed it. It had a nice, simple feel to it and you can just see how comforting this movie might have been to the nerve-jangled America of 1943.

If you can get past the occasional side trip into the corn field, there's a lot of straightforward emotion and values in MFF. Also, notice how good the color looks, how crisp the images are, and check out some very mobile camera work out on the north forty. Flicka stands out because most of the exteriors are shot in outdoors instead of in a large sound stage. It sounds silly, but it makes the movie work.

Probably the only faults in the movie are in the star Roddy McDowell and his little friend, Patti Hale. Hale is so cutesy in her attempt to do a Shirley Temple impression through the movie that you want her shipped out to whatever passed for kindergarten back then. McDowell holds his own on screen with the older professionals, but it's that suppressed accent and his wimpiness that put the greatest strain on the movie. I never believed him; I kept thinking that this guy would grow up to play one effeminate killer after another on the NBC Mystery Movie.

But that's just me.

I'm recommending My Friend Flicka for you and your family. 89 minutes of pleasant schmaltz beats a Cheaper by the Dozen or a Happy Feet any day.

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