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Release Date:
10 August 1945 (Brazil) See more »
The exciting story of youth and adventure! See more »
A young boy tries to train Thunderhead, a beautiful white colt and the son of his beloved Flicka, to be a champion race horse. | Add synopsis »
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Roddy McDowall ... Ken McLaughlin

Preston Foster ... Rob McLaughlin

Rita Johnson ... Nelle McLaughlin

James Bell ... Gus
Patti Hale ... Hildy (as Diana Hale)

Carleton Young ... Maj. Harris

Ralph Sanford ... Charlie Sargent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Al Bridge ... Dr. Hicks (uncredited)
Robert Filmer ... Tim (uncredited)

Directed by
Louis King 
Writing credits
Mary O'Hara (novel)

Dwight Cummins (screenplay) and
Dorothy Yost (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Bassler .... producer
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge 
Cinematography by
Charles G. Clarke  (as Charles Clarke)
Film Editing by
Nick DeMaggio 
Art Direction by
Chester Gore 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Fred J. Rode 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Wood 
Makeup Department
Guy Pearce .... makeup artist
Production Management
Raymond A. Klune .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jasper Blystone .... assistant director (uncredited)
Charles Hall .... second unit director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Arthur von Kirbach .... sound
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
Monty Roberts .... stunt double
Everett Creach .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lucien N. Andriot .... assistant photographer (uncredited)
George Bicknell .... assistant camera (uncredited)
H.J. Brandon .... camera crew (uncredited)
Joe Darrell .... assistant camera (uncredited)
John Denk .... camera maintenance (uncredited)
Jack Epstein .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Til Gabani .... camera operator (uncredited)
Paul Garnett .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Stax Graves .... still photographer (uncredited)
Kenneth Green .... camera crew (uncredited)
Lou Kunkel .... second camera (uncredited)
Joseph LaShelle .... camera crew (uncredited)
Edward Linden .... camera crew (uncredited)
Paul Lockwood .... camera crew (uncredited)
Mala .... camera crew (uncredited)
F. Bud Mautino .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jack McCoskey .... camera crew (uncredited)
P. Moore .... camera crew (uncredited)
Sid Ragen .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Emmett Schoenbaum .... still photographer (uncredited)
Anthony Ugrin .... still photographer (uncredited)
John Van Wormer .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jack Wendall .... camera crew (uncredited)
Ken Williams .... camera crew (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Music Department
Emil Newman .... musical director
David Buttolph .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Vinton Vernon .... music mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor director
Jack Lindell .... equine supervisor
Richard Mueller .... associate technicolor director
Michael Audley .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Lyle Brown .... stand-in: Roddy McDowall (uncredited)
Paul MacPherson .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Harry Mayo .... stand-in: Preston Foster (uncredited)
Virginia McDowall .... stand-in: Rita Johnson (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
78 min
Color (Technicolor) (prints)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 25, 1946 with Roddy McDowall, Preston Foster and Rita Johnson reprising their film roles.See more »
Revealing mistakes: (At 1:12:30 and 1:12:37) The Albino's ear twitches when he is supposed to be dead.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Two Cents Worth of Hope (1952)See more »


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2 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A boy and his horse., 3 June 2003
Author: Michael O'Keefe from Muskogee OK

Enjoyable. Very colorful. Beautiful scenery, but lacks the success and impact of the original MY FRIEND FLICKA(1943). A young boy(Roddy McDowall)tries to train an albino colt into a race horse. Other players are:Preston Foster, Rita Johnson and a very cute Diana Hale. This 78 minute technicolor film is full family fare.

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