Ken McLaughlin struggles to please his family in any way. He comes back from boarding school boasting poor grades and facing going through the fifth grade again, much to his fathers dismay.... See full summary »
Harold D. Schuster
"Thunderhead," a roving, big white stallion, causes problems for the Wyoming ranchers when he leads their blue-blooded racing mares off to join his wild horse herd in the mountains. ... See full summary »
The first feature film to be photographed entirely on 35mm color negative film, in this case Technicolor Monopack. Earlier color features used black and white negative film photographed behind color filters, or used Monopack only for certain sequences. See more »
(At 1:12:30 and 1:12:37) The Albino's ear twitches when he is supposed to be dead. See more »
Because 20th Century Fox had the foresight to take this film and do it outdoors on location in Wyoming, Thunderhead Son Of Flicka is still good viewing and highly recommended for family viewing. The fact that a sequel was made attests to the popularity of the original.
Preston Foster, Rita Johnson, and Roddy McDowall return as the McLaughlin family owners of the Goose Bar Horse Ranch. In this film the McLaughlins and Roddy McDowall in particular are dealing with the colt that was the product of the mating between McDowall's beloved Flicka of the first film and the wild albino stallion, leader of the wild herd and the chief menace of horse ranch owners like Preston Foster.
A white albino colt is captured the spitting image of his dad and he shows promise as a racehorse under Roddy's tutelage. But the call of the wild is also beckoning to him and the question of the film is whether he will follow his destiny and what that destiny is.
The whole cast ensemble give some fine performances that hold up well for today's moviegoers. Recommended for family viewing.
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