Originally intended as the pilot episode for a television series in 1978. However by the time the episode was broadcast in November 1977 Leif Garrett had released his first album for Atlantic Records, and was no longer able to act full time due to his music commitments. See more »
On the cusp of his teen idol years, Leif Garrett starred in this made for television movie Peter Lundy And The Medicine Hat Stallion. If the version I saw was what made television it was a badly edited film because whole parts of the story were left out and you had to guess what was missing. Still the film was nice family entertainment capturing those years of pioneer settlement of the west just before the Civil War.
I just did a review of the British film of the Henry Fielding novel Joseph Andrews when I noticed another reviewer wrote that Peter Firth was 'ludicrously pretty' in that film. If he thought that he should have seen Leif Garrett in Peter Lundy And The Medicine Hat Stallion. Both films came out the same year.
The film was quite a message to the gay youth of America. Leif Garrett during his time as teen idol had an androgynous appeal that was only exceeded in his time by Michael Jackson. As the film progresses, Garrett as Peter Lundy becomes positively more and more effeminate. As it is there's not a trace of any interest in the opposite sex. But that's what made it a 'family' film.
But this effeminate kid tames and trains a wild Indian pony hence the title, rides for the new Pony Express and shoots it out with a road agent. All with the most beautiful hair done up in both pony tail and adorable braided pigtails by the end of the film. With a face that looks like it will never see a razor. Garrett's just this side of an albino.
Of course after his teen idol years you can see a more realistic Leif Garrett in a film like The Outsiders where he plays the snobbish leader of the 'Socs' who meets an early end. The man's battled all kinds of substance abuse problems over the years and he still occasionally performs. Now when you see him in his forties, his head is shaved completely bald, maybe in rebellion against his teen image.
Still in Peter Lundy And The Medicine Hat Stallion it's the androgynous Leif Garrett we're viewing. He gets good support from Mitchell Ryan and Bibi Besch as his parents and Ann Doran as his grandmother with whom he lives on his father's trading post in the Nebraska territory. I can't believe the producer and director of this film did not know what they were doing in making Garrett up as he was.
Every twink and twink lover in America has a special place in his heart for this film.
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