Fred Zinnemann and producer, Samuel Marx, invited Morton Thompson, the author of the underlying material in his book 'Joe, the Wounded Tennis Player,' to a Projection Room screening of the first rough cut, which included 'Scene Missing" tags and ragged sound. When that first screening ended, Mort got up, never looked at either Zinnemann or Marx, and walked angrily out, slamming the door. Marx commented that obviously, authors do not need their written word to show their unhappiness. See more »
Many films have been made on animal empathy and this is no different. Butch Jenkins was a kid star of the late 40s and had made several films with Margaret O'Brien in that genre. However, here we also get a young Peter Lawford in his pre-Rat Pack days as Butch's older brother. The story is a typical 1940s escapist tale about a kid (Butch Jenkins) who has special empathy with horses, hence, the title. It all comes down to the old theme of having a gift and losing it and then regaining it. We are given a hint of this running in the family when Peter Lawford goes down the street and all the dogs in the town start to follow him. Well, since Jenkins is just a kid, it's up to Lawford to create the romantic interest a yarn like this must have and everything comes out OK in the end. No video, of course, so watch for it on the late show as it does air from time to time. Also, check out the old stock studio character actors, Edward Arnold, Spring Byington, OZ Whitehead, Charlie Ruggles and Jenkin's fellow kid actor, Gary Gray.
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