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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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John Howard Davies obituary
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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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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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Movie Connections:
Version of Winner (1977)See more »

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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
A Dark Tale of Compulsion, 24 September 2006
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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")

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