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A classic film featuring a boy who is able to hear what the racehorses at the track are thinking. He bases their moods on how well he thinks they'll do, and tells his older brother who is going to win that day. This earns him a reputation and gains him much attention, after people start to believe him. Written by
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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