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The Red Pony (1949)

The Red Pony (1949)

The Red Pony





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One of themost acclaimed films to emerge from Republic studios, The Red Pony is an adaptation of the John Steinbeck story of the same name. Top billing goes to Myrna Loy and Robert Mitchum, but the film's true star is young Peter Miles as Tom. A lonely farm boy, Tom seeks refuge from his troublesome home life and his eternally squabbling parents (Loy and Shepperd Strudwick) through his devotion to a newborn colt. The red pony is the issue of a prize mare owned by ranchhand Billy Buck (Mitchum), whom Tom idolizes. The film's coming-of-age theme cluminates in a poignant denouement. Louis Calhern plays Tom's lovably prevaricating grandfather, while 10-year-old Beau Bridges essays one of his first featured roles. Aaron Copland's score and the rich Technicolor photography of Tony Gaudio contribute to the film's overall mood. The Red Pony was remade for television in 1973.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: John Steinbeck
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On DVD: Jul 22, 2003


Myrna Loy
as Alice Tiflin
Robert Mitchum
as Billy Buck
Peter Miles
as Tom 'Mr. Big Britche...
Shepperd Strudwick
as Fred Tiflin
Patty King
as Jinx Ingals
George Tyne
as Charlie
Grace Hanneford
as Circus Performer
Eddie Borden
as Circus Performer
Max Wagner
as Bartender
Alvin Hammer
as Telegrapher
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Critic Reviews for The Red Pony

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

June 29, 2005

March 26, 2004
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for The Red Pony


I don't like animal movies in the first place, but I also got weirded out by the strange relationship between Mitchum and that kid in the movie. This movie was just stupid.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


A bit puerile and precious but okay family film with good work from Mitchum and Myrna Loy. Louis Calhern has a grand old time as the grandfather dispensing old west wisdom like Buffalo Bill.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Not on my list, but I was stuck in a hotel room all day and it was on TCM so I watched it. It's really not very good. There's some decent acting by the main kid and Robert Mitchum, but the story really just drags and drags. The mean kids from school were pretty effective though, because man, did they piss me off. Unless you're really into Steinbeck, or children's pseudo-westerns, recommendation to avoid.

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