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Frederick Bolton has to solve two problems. First, his boss has instructed him to come up with a reasonable campaign to promote a new product, a stomach pill named "Aspercel" - by tomorrow. The second problem is Fred's daugther, Helen. She is absolutely fond of horses, takes riding classes and has already had decent success in some competitions. Her biggest wish is to own a horse herself, a dream her father cannot afford at all. Now Fred tries to solve both problems at once by simply combining them: A horse named "Aspercel", ridden by his daugther should bring the name of the pill into the papers and make Helen happy, too. But there's still one more obstacle: Helen and Aspercel of course have to win a few jumping competitions to make this idea work... Written by
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The family dog in this movie is named "Herbie." Dean Jones went on to star in several of Disney's Love Bug movies which featured a car named "Herbie." See more »
The exact same article-text ("While deliberations of the committee were held in private..." etc.) is shown for two different newspaper articles about Aspercel in the Washington DC horse competition. See more »
Fredrick 'Fred' Bolton:
That's absolutely t - t -
Suzie 'S.J.' Clemens:
Now you try it again and don't depend on the reins. Balance. legs. Make him know what you want him to do.
[On Aspercel bareback]
Okay, I'll try. Come on, Aspie. Communicate.
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While The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit is not great cinema by any means, it will appeal to horse lovers. I enjoyed it, and if I had seen it as a kid I bet I would have loved it. The horse that plays Aspercel is gorgeous, and there is lots of handsome horseflesh around in general. I miss how movies used to feature horses that looked like what they were meant to be (this movie, the Black Stallion) instead of using another breed or different type and assuming the public wouldn't notice if it didn't look or perform like it ought (Black Beauty, Seabiscuit). Also, the riding looks reasonably realistic and the action is fairly accurate to what hunters and jumpers do (and did then).
The human performances are okay--all about what you'd expect from a 1960s Disney movie with such a goofy premise. Young Kurt Russell is cute as a button and just as likable as he is today.
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