MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 6,931 this week

The Rocking Horse Winner (1949)

7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 636 users  
Reviews: 20 user | 14 critic

A young boy receives a rocking horse for Christmas and soon learns that he is able to pick the winning horse at the races.

Director:

(as Anthony Pélissier)

Writers:

(short story), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 39 titles
created 22 May 2011
 
a list of 22 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 40 titles
created 2 months ago
 
a list of 370 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Rocking Horse Winner (1949)

The Rocking Horse Winner (1949) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Rocking Horse Winner.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Blanche Fury (1948)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Ambitious poor relation Blanche Fullerton accepts a job as governess from her wealthy cousins who have adopted the name Fury since they acquired the ancestral home of the Fury family. ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Allégret
Stars: Valerie Hobson, Stewart Granger, Michael Gough
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When John North, a budding author, pulls the communication cord of a late night train that is taking him away on a weekend with his publishers wife, he sets in motion a series of events ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Birt
Stars: Valerie Hobson, Richard Todd, Christine Norden
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In a small Mexican town, a Catholic priest and a local bandit clash, but the brave priest ultimately wins the outlaw's respect.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, John Mills, Mylène Demongeot
Tiara Tahiti (1962)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

James Mason and John Mills star in this comedy-drama about a tough colonel and a refined captain who clashed during the war, and continue their personal battle in peace-time Tahiti.

Director: Ted Kotcheff
Stars: James Mason, John Mills, Claude Dauphin
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The incredible but true story of how an impersonator was recruited to impersonate General Montgomery to mislead the Germans about his intentions before the Normandy campaign.

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: M.E. Clifton James, John Mills, Cecil Parker
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A man is torn between tackling a sinister crime syndicate or turning a blind eye to the suffering it creates.

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Trevor Howard, Anouk Aimée, Herbert Lom
Tiger Bay (1959)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A 12 year old tomboy witnesses the murder of a woman by her Polish merchant marine boyfriend but bonds with him and thwarts the police in their investigation.

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: Hayley Mills, Horst Buchholz, John Mills
Comedy | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A wartime cottage on a Scottish estate becomes a focus of attention when not only the new tenant but a London evacuee and a downed fighter pilot all move in. The interest may not be ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Asquith
Stars: Leslie Banks, Alastair Sim, Jeanne De Casalis
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Even though Peter and Kimani grow up together, Kimani soon finds that different races are treated differently. After the father of Kimani is jailed for following tribal customs, Kimani ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Brooks
Stars: Rock Hudson, Dana Wynter, Wendy Hiller
The Rocking Horse Winner (TV Movie 1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Nigel Rhodes plays a boy who, while riding his wooden rocking horse, can predict which horse will win at the race.

Director: Peter Medak
Stars: Kenneth More, Nigel Rhodes, Angela Thorne
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A gambler comes to live with his sister and discovers his young nephew can predict the winner of horse races by riding on his rocking horse.

Director: Michael Almereyda
Stars: Jesse Forrestal, Eric Stoltz, Paula Malcomson
Drama | Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In Paul's family, there is always talk about needing more money. The tension in the household over lack of funds weighs heavily on Paul's young mind. After Paul's uncle cracks a joke about ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Bierman
Stars: Eleanor David, Charles Keating, Charles Hathorn
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
John Howard Davies ...
Ronald Squire ...
...
Hugh Sinclair ...
Richard Grahame
Charles Goldner ...
Mr. Tsaldouris
Susan Richards ...
Nannie
Cyril Smith ...
Bailiff
Edit

Storyline

In London, the young Paul Grahame lives with his upper class but financially broken family. His wasteful mother Hester Grahame is a compulsive buyer, spending all the family money on new expensive dresses, jewels and objects for their home. His father Richard Grahame is a gambler, losing money in the horse races. His uncle Oscar Cresswell is permanently covering the Grahame family debts. When the servant Bassett is hired, Paul finds that he can predict the winner of the horse races by rocking his wooden horse. Paul asks Bassett to become his partner. The two of them bet their money on the races. Paul wants to prove that he is lucky in order to silence the house, which perpetually whispers to him that it needs more money. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Exciting As Your Wildest Dreams! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 November 1949 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Amartiai goneon  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

[first lines]
Bassett: Are you looking for me?
Paul Grahame: You're Bassett, aren't you?
See more »

Connections

Version of Winner (1977) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Dark Tale of Compulsion
24 September 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In London, the teenager Paul Grahame (John Howard Davies) lives with his upper class but financially broken family. His wasteful mother Hester Grahame (Valerie Hobson) is a compulsive buyer, spending all the family money in new expensive dresses, jewels and objects for their home. His father Richard Grahame (Hugh Sinclair) is a gambler, losing money in the horse races. His uncle Oscar Cresswell (Ronald Squire) is permanently covering the Grahame family debts. When the servant Bassett (John Mills) is hired, Paul finds that he can predict the winner of the horses' races rocking his wooden horse. Paul asks Bassett to become his partner, betting their money in the races, trying to prove that he is lucky and silencing the permanent whisper of the house needing more money. But the prize is high and fatal.

"The Rocking Horse Winner" is a dark tale of compulsion of D. H. Lawrence. I have never read his short story, and I did not feel any sexual connotation as mentioned in some reviews that I have glanced. The story is very disturbing and quite unpleasant, with great direction and performances, especially of Valerie Hobson in the role of a compulsive shallow woman. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Cavalo Campeão" ("The Horse Winner")


18 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
yeah Platinum-2
The Strawberry Media / Spirit Entertainment DVD. DavidW1947
On THISTV tomorrow July 19 2012 honeylocs
Discuss The Rocking Horse Winner (1949) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?