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


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(short story), (screenplay) (as Anthony Pélissier)
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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

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Release Date:

30 November 1949 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Amartiai goneon  »

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1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
Bassett: Are you looking for me?
Paul Grahame: You're Bassett, aren't you?
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A superior movie of the famous D.H. Lawrence short story!
23 January 2003 | by (Colorado Springs) – See all my reviews

The most surprising thing about this very British film is it's effectiveness in serving up the sexual subtext of the story. The unsubtle visuals of the little boy thrusting himself upon his hobby horse for the sake of motherly love are sensational and really deliver on the story's chilling essence. The direction and performances are all first rate. A jolly good film!

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