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Writers:
D.H. Lawrence (short story)
Anthony Pelissier (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 November 1949 (UK) See more »
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Tagline:
"One of the finest portrayals of youthful distress that you are ever likely to witness." -- N.Y. TIMES See more »
Plot:
A young boy receives a rocking horse for Christmas and soon learns that he is able to pick the winning horse at the races. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Valerie Hobson ... Hester Grahame
John Howard Davies ... Paul Grahame
Ronald Squire ... Oscar Cresswell

John Mills ... Bassett
Hugh Sinclair ... Richard Grahame
Charles Goldner ... Mr. Tsaldouris
Susan Richards ... Nannie
Cyril Smith ... Bailiff
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anthony Holles ... Bowler Hat (uncredited)
Melanie McKenzie ... Matilda Grahame (uncredited)
Michael Ripper ... Second Chauffeur (uncredited)
Johnnie Schofield ... First Chauffeur (uncredited)
Caroline Steer ... Joan Grahame (uncredited)
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Directed by
Anthony Pelissier  (as Anthony Pélissier)
 
Writing credits
D.H. Lawrence (short story)

Anthony Pelissier (screenplay) (as Anthony Pélissier)

Produced by
John Mills .... producer
Earl St. John .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
William Alwyn 
 
Cinematography by
Desmond Dickinson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Seabourne Sr.  (as John Seabourne)
 
Casting by
Maude Spector 
 
Art Direction by
Carmen Dillon 
 
Makeup Department
Tony Sforzini .... makeup supervisor
Vivienne Walker .... hairdressing supervisor
Trevor Crole-Rees .... makeup assistant (uncredited)
Betty Dymore .... hairdressing assistant (uncredited)
Bob Lawrance .... makeup assistant (uncredited)
Nora Ridgeway .... hairdressing assistant (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Andrew Allan .... production manager
Phil C. Samuel .... production supervisor
Herbert Smith .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Asher .... assistant director
Frank Ernst .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Alec Gibb .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
R.B. Aunger .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Alec J. Henshaw .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Bill Holmes .... draughtsman (uncredited)
H. Don Lee .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
George Croll .... sound recordist
Harry Miller .... sound editor
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist
Danny Daniel .... boom assistant (uncredited)
Peter Davies .... first assistant dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Basil Fenton-Smith .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Jack Goodwin .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Gus Lloyd .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Francis Carver .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
H.A.R. Thomson .... camera operator (as Russell Thomson)
George Cannon .... still photographer (uncredited)
Reginald H. Morris .... focus puller (uncredited)
Alex Thomson .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bert Brown .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Doris Corby .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Mrs. W. Jackson .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
Fred Pridmore .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Anne V. Coates .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Les Wiggins .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
David McCallum .... orchestra leader
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra .... music player (as The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
 
Other crew
Tilly Day .... continuity
Ray Cunnington .... floor publicist (uncredited)
Doreen Dearnaley .... production secretary (uncredited)
Ken Green .... publicist (uncredited)
Roy Munns .... office runner (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
USA:91 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Did You Know?

Quotes:
[first lines]
Bassett:Are you looking for me?
Paul Grahame:You're Bassett, aren't you?
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Dark overtones in this strange fantasy from a D.H. Lawrence short story..., 3 December 2008
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

JOHN HOWARD DAVIES is the boy with the sinister rocking horse that enables him to predict winners of the forthcoming races. JOHN MILLS is the man who teaches him how to ride the horse, unintentionally setting up the tragic circumstances that unfold.

But it's VALERIE HOBSON as the selfish, compulsive spender living in middle-class luxury with hubby HUGH SINCLAIR, a man who can't keep up with her spending habits, who makes the most of a juicy role.Lucky for her, she has a well-to-do brother, played by RONALD SQUIRE, who becomes her private bank until his funds run out.

Then comes the heart of the story as we get to the boy and his magic rocking horse. It's this aspect of the dark fantasy that provides the most gripping moments of the film. However, even more could have been done to provide the suspense and conflict involved in the boy's desire to win money so that he could keep his mother and father from being bankrupt. In this respect, William Alwyn's background score is a great asset.

Hobson, Ronald Squire and John Mills give the best performances in the film. Hugh Sinclair is wasted as the weak husband. Davies benefits from good direction but seems to be playing his role according to detailed direction rather than living it.

Highly recommended as an unusual exercise in fantasy/suspense with a noir quality.

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