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Thunderhead: Son of Flicka (1945)

Approved | | Drama, Family | 10 August 1945 (Brazil)
A young boy tries to train Thunderhead, a beautiful white colt and the son of his beloved Flicka, to be a champion race horse.


Louis King


Mary O'Hara (novel), Dwight Cummins (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


Complete credited cast:
Roddy McDowall ... Ken McLaughlin
Preston Foster ... Rob McLaughlin
Rita Johnson ... Nelle McLaughlin
James Bell ... Gus
Patti Hale Patti Hale ... Hildy (as Diana Hale)
Carleton Young ... Maj. Harris
Ralph Sanford ... Charlie Sargent
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A young boy tries to train Thunderhead, a beautiful white colt and the son of his beloved Flicka, to be a champion race horse.

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SPECTACULAR IN ALL ITS EXCITING GRANDEUR...sparkling with color...beauty...and adventure! See more »


Drama | Family


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Did You Know?


"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 25, 1946 with Roddy McDowall, Preston Foster and Rita Johnson reprising their film roles. See more »


(At 1:12:30 and 1:12:37) The Albino's ear twitches when he is supposed to be dead. See more »


Followed by My Friend Flicka (1955) See more »

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Too Old To See The Testicles
11 January 2014 | by evedemianSee all my reviews

Oh, no; the reviewer who was "Too Old To See The Fantasy" was also, apparently, too old to see the balls. There were *definitely* testicles, in this film, on both the stallions (definitely stallions!).

This film will never lose its allure for the horse-crazy, though one wonders "how" they filmed certain sequences, such as the 'fight to the death' scene, in the years of trip-wires and prior to the disclaimer "no animals were hurt or abused in the making of this film". That horse-fight sequence was (mostly, if not entirely) the real thing; they put two stallions together and let them go at it. My guess is that they sedated the one horse who was "killed", for the final shot.

Still a winner, for the kid who just can't get enough of horses!

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Release Date:

10 August 1945 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Furia salvaje See more »

Filming Locations:

Duck Creek, Utah, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor) (prints)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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