The Red Pony

The Red Pony

Lewis Milestone (1949)

U Certificate


Our Score
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.


A boy seeks solace from his feuding family through his friendships with his beloved pony and a ranch hand, whom he idolises. When the animal dies his relationship with his father seems to be damaged irreparably. Drama based on a short story by John Steinbeck, starring Robert Mitchum, Myrna Loy and Peter Miles.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Lewis Milestone
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: British Lion Film Corp LtdGuidance: Violence.Available on: video and DVD