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The Red Pony
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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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Worth watching for Mitchum and Calhern performances See more (17 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)

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)
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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:
Marche MilitaireSee more »

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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Worth watching for Mitchum and Calhern performances, 2 April 2008
Author: matchettja from Japan

"The Red Pony" tells the story of a ranching family living near Salinas, California and the obsessive love of a boy for his pony. Within that story, certain dramas are being played out; a man unsure of himself and his ability, feeling a stranger in the place he lives, even within his own family; his wife, struggling to keep the family homestead going, unsure of her man's determination and grit; an old man whose time has passed him by, struggling to cope in a world he no longer fully comprehends; a boy coming of age, having to deal with nature's cruel injustice as well as the knowledge that adults are not infallible but also make mistakes.

Robert Mitchum is outstanding in the role of the ranch hand, Billy Buck, who seems to know everything there is to know about horses, thus earning the adoration of Tom, the ranch owner's son. Equally impressive is grandfather Louis Calhern, a former wagon train boss no longer needed for such kind of work. He is reduced to recycling stories that no one wishes to hear any longer. Myrna Loy, on the other hand, seems a bit too casual and matter of fact to be the challenged wife of an unsteady partner in the ranching business. She is much better suited to romantic comedy, playing such roles as Nora, the madcap wife in "The Thin Man" series. Peter Miles, who plays Tom, is satisfactory, but not as charismatic as some other child actors of the period.

The gifted American composer, Aaron Copland, does the music score, teaming successfully with the great American story teller, John Steinbeck, who wrote the screenplay based on his novel. "The Red Pony" may not be the best adaptation of Steinbeck to appear on the silver screen, on the order of "The Grapes of Wrath" or "East of Eden", but it is certainly worth watching, especially for the performances of Mitchum and Calhern, as well as for the music of Copland.

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