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The Red Pony (1949)

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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Myrna Loy ... Alice Tiflin
Robert Mitchum ... Billy Buck
Louis Calhern ... Grandfather
Shepperd Strudwick ... Mr. Fred Tiflin
Peter Miles 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 !

Genres:

Drama | Family | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Box Office

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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Trivia

The novel is actually made up of four short stories: "The Gift," "The Great Mountain," "The Leader of the People" and "The Promise." Each was published separately in magazines between 1933 and 1937. 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

Version of The Red Pony (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Shall We Gather at the River?
(1864) (uncredited)
Written by Robert Lowry
Played on piano by Myrna Loy
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Steinbeck's best
26 February 2014 | by jarrodmcdonald-1See all my reviews

This is a beautiful motion picture about a boy and a horse (and there are many of those). Adapted by John Steinbeck from the author's own short stories, it captures its rural setting perfectly, and the entire production is enlivened by strong characterizations. Louis Calhern is especially fun as Grandfather, and Margaret Hamilton shines as a stern schoolmarm. But the real star, aside from the titular animal, is the dialogue. The people in this story speak so realistically and naturally, it spoils you and makes you wish all films were written this way. An added bonus is Aaron Copland's music. Remade in 1973 as a television movie by Universal.


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