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The Red Pony (1949)

Passed | | Drama, Family, Western | 28 March 1949 (USA)
A ranch boy is gifted with a colt, grows to love him but the colt escapes, with tragic results.

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

John Steinbeck (by), John Steinbeck (screen play)
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Complete credited cast:
Myrna Loy ... Alice Tiflin
Robert Mitchum ... Billy Buck
Louis Calhern ... Grandfather
Shepperd Strudwick ... Mr. Fred Tiflin
Peter Miles ... Tom
Margaret Hamilton ... Teacher
Melinda Byron ... Jinx Ingals (as Patty King)
Jackie Jackson Jackie Jackson ... Jackie
Beau Bridges ... Beau
Don Reynolds Don Reynolds ... Little Brown Jug (as Little Brown Jug)
Nino Tempo Nino Tempo ... Nino
Tommy Sheridan Tommy Sheridan ... Dale
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Storyline

In the coast range mountains on the western edge of the Salinas Valley is a ranch where Tom, a lad of about ten, longs for a pony. He lives with his mom, who was born there, her dad, a talkative pioneer who misses the old West, Tom's dad Fred Tiflin, who comes from the city and after years on the ranch doesn't feel at home there, and Billy, their trusted hand, a real cowboy. While Fred has to sort out whether he wants to stay a rancher and come to terms with his son being closer to Billy than to himself, Tom gets a pony and learns directly about responsibility and loss. What lessons can each learn, and are tragedy and hard choices all that life offers? Are laughter and joy anywhere? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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John Steinbeck's great American story !

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Drama | Family | Western

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Trivia

In one of the school scenes, the children say the Pledge of Allegiance with their right arms extended, pointed toward the flag. This was the Bellamy Salute suggested by Francis Bellamy, who wrote the original version of the Pledge. Due to its similarity to the Nazi and Fascist salute, President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the position to hand-over-the-heart. This was later codified into law in 1942. See more »

Goofs

Alice opens the lunch box to find a small snake inside. The snake is clearly hanging out of the box, but in the next angle it is fully inside. See more »

Crazy Credits

and introducing Peter Miles as Tom See more »

Alternate Versions

Although all previous UK cinema and video releases were uncut the 2010 Cornerstone DVD suffered 11 secs of cuts to edit shots of Tom holding and shaking a buzzard by its neck. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Mentalist: The Red Ponies (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Marche Militaire
(1818) (uncredited)
Written by Franz Schubert
Played on piano by Myrna Loy
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Average Family Drama
5 September 2002 | by kenandrafSee all my reviews

Average family drama movie about a young boy, his new Pony and his family.Good drama and adequate acting is displayed here.The story is simple but quite entertaining for the whole family.A better script would have helped this movie.A must see for grade school children who love Horses or animals.Only for fans of this type of genre and big fans of Loy and Mitchum......


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Steinbeck's The Red Pony See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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