The Red Pony

  • PG
  • Lewis Milestone (1949)
  • US
  • 84 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

This film version of John Steinbeck's tale about a boy and his horse is an awkward blend of children's adventure and social realist drama, and it isn't really good enough in either department. However, while Myrna Loy seems miscast as the boy's mum, Robert Mitchum is impressive as the ranch hand. The boy is played by Peter Miles, who, as Richard Miles, went on to write the novel That Cold Day in the Park, which in turn was filmed by Robert Altman. But the best thing here is the fine "outdoor" score by Aaron Copland, who also wrote the music for Milestone's earlier Steinbeck adaptation, Of Mice and Men.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Robert Mitchum and Myrna Loy. While young Tom Tiflin devotes himself to his pony, trouble is brewing in his California ranch home. Tragedy brings the family together, but will there be a happy ending for Tom?

Cast and crew

Cast

Billy Buck
Robert Mitchum
Alice Tiflin
Myrna Loy
Grandpa
Louis Calhern
Fred Tiflin
Shepperd Strudwick
Tom Tiflin
Peter Miles
Beau
Beau Bridges
Teacher
Margaret Hamilton
Jinx Ingals
Patty King

Crew

Director
Lewis Milestone

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
British Lion Film Corp Ltd
Guidance: 
Violence.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama