Wild Stallion

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Though Ben Johnson would have to wait until the 1970s before full stardom was bestowed upon him, 1952's Wild Stallion proved that, even at this early stage, Johnson had what it took to carry a picture. Harking back to his pre-movie rodeo days, Johnson plays inveterate horse-lover Dan Light, who spends a lifetime searching for his pet colt, who'd managed to escape when Light's parents were killed by Indians. The colt has grown to a magnificent wild stallion, much coveted by others, including the U.S. Cavalry. The color photography by Harry Neumann is superb, as are the supporting performances by Martha Hyer, Edgar Buchanan and Don Haggerty. The Wild Stallion was produced by Walter Mirisch, who later graduated to such big-budget westerns as Man of the West (1958) and The Magnificent Seven (1960). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Ben Johnson
as Dan Light
Martha Hyer
as Caroline Cullen
Edgar Buchanan
as John Wintergreen
Hayden Rorke
as Maj. Cullen
Hugh Beaumont
as Capt. Wilmurt
Orley Lindgren
as Young Dan Light
Don Haggerty
as Sgt. Keach
Susan Odin
as Caroline as a Child
Barbara Woodell
as Mrs. Light
John Halloran
as Mr. Light
Don Garner
as Cpl. Thompson (uncredited)
Margo Woode
as Mrs. Light
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