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John Steinbeck (by)
John Steinbeck (screen play)
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Release Date:
28 March 1949 (USA) See more »
A ranch boy is gifted with a colt, grows to love him but the colt escapes, with tragic results. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Myrna Loy ... Alice Tiflin

Robert Mitchum ... Billy Buck

Louis Calhern ... Grandfather
Shepperd Strudwick ... Mr. Fred Tiflin
Peter Miles ... Tom

Margaret Hamilton ... Teacher
Melinda Byron ... Jinx Ingals (as Patty King)
Jackie Jackson ... Jackie

Beau Bridges ... Beau
Don Reynolds ... Little Brown Jug (as Little Brown Jug)
Nino Tempo ... Nino
Tommy Sheridan ... Dale
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Borden ... Circus Performer (uncredited)
Dolores Castle ... Gert (uncredited)
William 'Wee Willie' Davis ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Joan Delmer ... Young Girl (uncredited)

Alvin Hammer ... Telegrapher (uncredited)
Gracie Hanneford ... Circus Performer (uncredited)
Poodles Hanneford ... Clown (uncredited)
Bill Quinlan ... Ben (uncredited)
George Tyne ... Charlie (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Bartender (uncredited)

Directed by
Lewis Milestone 
Writing credits
John Steinbeck (by)

John Steinbeck (screen play)

Produced by
Lewis Milestone .... producer
Charles K. Feldman .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Aaron Copland 
Cinematography by
Tony Gaudio (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Harry Keller (film editor)
Production Design by
Nicolai Remisoff 
Art Direction by
Victor Greene 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. (set decorations)
Charles S. Thompson (set decorations) (as Charles Thompson)
Costume Design by
Adele Palmer 
Makeup Department
Peggy Gray .... hair stylist
Bob Mark .... makeup supervisor
Louise Landmier .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Nate Watt .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Aldrich .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Victor B. Appel .... sound
Howard Wilson .... sound
Special Effects by
Howard Lydecker .... special photographic effects
Theodore Lydecker .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Glen Kaiser .... grip (uncredited)
Donald Biddle Keyes .... still photographer (uncredited)
Thomas Morris .... camera operator (uncredited)
Sid Swaney .... gaffer (uncredited)
Music Department
R. Dale Butts .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Nathan Scott .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Francis Cugat .... associate technicolor color director
Charles K. Feldman .... presenter
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Norman Lloyd .... assistant to producer
Don Weis .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"John Steinbeck's The Red Pony" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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89 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:S | UK:U (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating: cut by 11 sec) (2010) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (2010) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #12907) | West Germany:6
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The 81-day shooting schedule was at the time the longest and costliest for Republic Pictures.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Mr. Big Britches Learns One Of Life's Hard Lessons, 29 June 2015
Author: Dalbert Pringle from New Zealand

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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