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The Red Pony
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Writers:
John Steinbeck (by)
John Steinbeck (screen play)
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Release Date:
28 March 1949 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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Not quite up to the high standards of the novel. See more (18 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
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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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Runtime:
89 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
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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Did You Know?

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:
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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Soundtrack:
Shall We Gather at the River?See more »

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Not quite up to the high standards of the novel., 1 October 1999
Author: Hermit C-2 from Marietta, GA, USA

There is an unusual abundance of talent associated with this film. The screenplay was written by one of the great American writers of the 20th century, John Steinbeck, taken from his excellent short novel of the same name. The score was written by Aaron Copland, perhaps the most noted composer in American history. The director, Lewis Milestone, made many fine pictures over a long career including Academy Award winner 'All Quiet on the Western Front.'

All that talent doesn't necessarily mean that 'The Red Pony' is going to be the greatest movie of all time, though it is a good one. Milestone's direction and Copland's score are both fine, but I didn't feel like Steinbeck's script was nearly as good as his book.

We often complain when a favorite work of literature is changed considerably by the movies, but what do you say when it's a Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author doing it to his own work? Although I don't think this filmed version lives up to the novel, it still covers the same ground. It's about a boy growing up on a farm in Steinbeck's beloved Salinas Valley in California, where he learns some lessons about life. One of them is that the things you think you want the most sometimes come at a much higher price than you were prepared to pay. My favorite actor in this movie was Myrna Loy as the mother. Where did I ever get the idea that she wasn't supposed to be that good an actress? I must have had her mixed up with someone else.

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