My Friend Flicka (film)
|My Friend Flicka|
|Directed by||Harold D. Schuster|
|Produced by||Ralph Dietrich|
|Written by||Mary O’Hara (novel)
Francis Edward Faragoh(adaptation)
|Music by||Alfred Newman|
|Distributed by||Twentieth Century-Fox|
|Box office||$1.6 million (US rentals) or $2.4 million|
My Friend Flicka is a 1943 coming-of-age film about a young boy, played by Roddy McDowall, who is given a young horse to raise. It is based on the popular children’s novel by Mary O’Hara. Thunderhead, Son of Flicka, released in March 15, 1945, was the sequel to My Friend Flicka.
Wyoming ranchers Rob and Nell McLaughlin somewhat reluctantly decide to give their 10-year-old son, Ken, a chance to raise a horse and learn about responsibility. He chooses a one-year-old filly and names her Flicka, which ranch hand Gus informs him is a Swedish word for “girl.”
Rising debts and a “loco” strain have created problems for the McLaughlins. They accept a $500 offer from a neighboring rancher for the young filly’s mother, Rocket, but the mare is accidentally killed while she is being loaded into a van.
The situation gets worse when Flicka is badly cut by barbed wire and the wound becomes infected. Ken cares for her best he can, but the infection leads father Rob to conclude that the horse must be put down. A gunshot by his father makes Ken fear the worst, but it turns out he was warding off a mountain lion after being warned by Flicka. The filly’s life is spared, and young Ken nurtures her back to health.
- Roddy McDowall as Ken McLaughlin
- Preston Foster as Rob McLaughlin
- Rita Johnson as Nell McLaughlin
- James Bell as Gus
- Patti Hale as Hildy (as Diana Hale)
- Jeff Corey as Tim Murphy
- “Top Grossers of the Season”, Variety, 5 January 1944 p 54
- Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century-Fox: A Corporate and Financial History Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 p 220
- “Lux Theatre Guest”. Harrisburg Telegraph. Harrisburg Telegraph. June 5, 1943. p. 17. Retrieved December 23, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- My Friend Flicka at the American Film Institute Catalog
- My Friend Flicka at the Internet Movie Database
- My Friend Flicka at the TCM Movie Database
- My Friend Flicka at AllMovie
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