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John Steinbeck (by)
John Steinbeck (screenplay)
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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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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 (screenplay)

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 
 
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)
 
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)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adele Palmer .... costumes
 
Music Department
R. Dale Butts .... orchestrator (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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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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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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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
"Raised On Mare's Milk", 6 September 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Red Pony was an early novel of John Steinbeck dealing with memories of his childhood in the Salinas Valley in California. It was Republic's prestige film for 1949 away from the B westerns that were the company's bread and butter. Herbert J. Yates even had the good sense not to have wife Vera Hruba Ralston in it.

He probably spent half the studio budget signing as stars Myrna Loy who was free lancing and Robert Mitchum from RKO. In Mitchum's case it might have been a question of a favor or two owed to Howard Hughes. Both studios were B picture companies.

The story takes place like Steinbeck's other classic, East of Eden, during the years before American entry into World War I. The Tiflin family has recently moved on that ranch. For Myrna Loy it was a case of going back to her roots on both the screen and the film, in real life she grew up on a ranch in Montana. But her husband Sheppard Strudwick is a school teacher and a city kid and feels an outsider. Especially when their kid Peter Miles starts hanging around with ranch hand Robert Mitchum.

Anyway the lad is given a roan colored pony, a really good looking and smart animal as well. The pony and the boy take to each other and Miles follows Mitchum's instructions on care and feeding implicitly. He even teaches the pony some tricks one of which will innocently bring about the animal's ultimate demise and a Tiflin family crisis.

Though the Tiflins are quite a bit up the economic scale from the Baxters, The Red Pony is very similar in plot in a lot of respects to the Marjorie Keneston Rawlings classic, The Yearling. Both are nice family films in which the boy protagonists face crises involving their respective pets. They also have some disturbing scenes in them, young Peter Miles's scrape with some buzzards might give real little kids nightmares. I may have some myself tonight.

Still if you are willing to risk the bad dreams, The Red Pony is a fine family film that still holds up well after 59 years.

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