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The Red Pony (1949)

Passed | | Drama, Family, Western | 28 March 1949 (USA)
A ranch boy is gifted with a colt, grows to love him but the colt escapes, with tragic results.

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Grandfather
Shepperd Strudwick ...
Mr. Fred Tiflin
Peter Miles ...
Tom
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Teacher
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Jinx Ingals (as Patty King)
Jackie Jackson ...
Jackie
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Beau
Don Reynolds ...
Little Brown Jug (as Little Brown Jug)
Nino Tempo ...
Nino
Tommy Sheridan ...
Dale
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Storyline

In the coast range mountains on the western edge of the Salinas Valley is a ranch where Tom, a lad of about ten, longs for a pony. He lives with his mom, who was born there, her dad, a talkative pioneer who misses the old West, Tom's dad Fred Tiflin, who comes from the city and after years on the ranch doesn't feel at home there, and Billy, their trusted hand, a real cowboy. While Fred has to sort out whether he wants to stay a rancher and come to terms with his son being closer to Billy than to himself, Tom gets a pony and learns directly about responsibility and loss. What lessons can each learn, and are tragedy and hard choices all that life offers? Are laughter and joy anywhere? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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John Steinbeck's great American story !

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Drama | Family | Western

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28 March 1949 (USA)  »

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John Steinbeck's The Red Pony  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The novel is actually made up of four short stories: "The Gift," "The Great Mountain," "The Leader of the People" and "The Promise." Each was published separately in magazines between 1933 and 1937. See more »

Goofs

Alice opens the lunch box to find a small snake inside. The snake is clearly hanging out of the box, but in the next angle it is fully inside. See more »

Crazy Credits

and introducing Peter Miles as Tom See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Mentalist: The Red Ponies (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Marche Militaire
(1818) (uncredited)
Written by Franz Schubert
Played on piano by Myrna Loy
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Mr. Big Britches Learns One Of Life's Hard Lessons
29 June 2015 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Like John Garfield, Robert Mitchum is yet another one of my very favourite actors from that particular, by-gone era of moviedom history.

If you ask me, Mitchum was such an easy-to-like actor. Without any apparent pretentiousness, he casually projected just the right kind of masculinity (on-screen) which unanimously appealed to both men and women, alike.

So, with keeping that in mind - Is it any wonder that I found the best scenes in The Red Pony to clearly be the ones where Mitchum played a direct part in the action? I mean, without this dude's presence I probably wouldn't have enjoyed this film to the degree that I did and I most likely would've rated it somewhat lower, as well.

For the most part - I'd say that The Red Pony (which was beautifully filmed in lush Technicolor) was a film that would be best enjoyed by children. There really wasn't much of a tale in this sentimental, Hollywood Western to hold the rapt attention of an adult.


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