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To Ride a Yeller Horse 

The schemes of a mother trying to control the lives of her son and daughter lead to tragic results.




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Episode cast overview:
Louise Latham ...
Mrs. Shepherd
Kathleen Cody ...
Anna May
Tom Leopold ...
Chester (as Thomas Leopold)
Simon Scott ...
Mr. Rogers
Herb Vigran ...
Judge Brooker
Elizabeth Harrower ...
Mrs. O'Roarke


Joan Shepherd and her daughter, Anna May, plan to go to a local dance so Anna May can meet a wealthy young man, such as Steven Rogers, son of a wealthy rancher. An arranged marriage would be acceptable to Mr. Rogers, but Anna May detests Steven. She has eyes for Newly O'Brien. A poor neighboring farmer, Orlo Baker, would like to court Anna May, but Joan finds the thought laughable. Chester Shepherd, Joan's son, is interested in a young woman, whom Joan characterizes as a trollop. Joan recalls a young man from her own youth who rode a fine yellow horse, which epitomizes her goal for her children. The tensions threaten to tear the family apart. Written by richardann

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18 March 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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You can't live your children's life.
20 September 2006 | by (Georgetown, Texas) – See all my reviews

Louise Latham usually plays the part of a dissatisfied woman. Either with her husband or as in this case her own life. She often feels sorry for herself. Here she is trying to live her life through her children in a very overbearing way. She wants each one of them to be wealthy as she never was. The only way she can do this is to try to match her daughter up with a boy from a wealthy family. This doesn't work because that is not what she wants for herself. Her son has seen what his Mother does & he has pulled away from her to some extent. It is hard for the girl to do her Mother that way even though she wants to rule her own life. Louise has not lived her life like she wanted. Somewhere back down the way, she wanted a young man that was from a wealthy family and that did not work out & she has let it eat at her all of her life. The son seemed like he was very sad she was this way, but I wished they had explained more about his feelings in the story. His part did not have a very defined story line.

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