My Friend Flicka (1943)

“I want a colt to be friends with me. I want a colt of my own, all my own.” – Ken McLaughlin

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Apr 2021)

Brief Synopsis – In order to give their son a chance to prove that he can be responsible, a rancher and his wife let him choose a young filly to raise.

My Take on it – Interesting idea that isn’t as powerful as one might hoe for.

The story dos a nice job showing the coming of age aspect of living on a ranch and for a kid wanting to prove to his parents that he can be trusted with even the most difficult kind of jobs.

The cast is quite good and a very young Roddy McDowell shows that even at the age of 10 he was able to do a nice job in a lead role.

The story is quite detailed in the way that he must care for his new horse and they also allow the audience to see that this is never an easy task.

The film also shows that there are sometimes very grownup decisions that need to be made while running a ranch and that everything isn’t just a bed of roses.

The best thing about this film is the cinematography because of the way that they are able to give us some many great landscape shots of how the West once looked.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – “Lux Radio Theater” broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation on June 7, 1943, with Roddy McDowall and Rita Johnson reprising their film roles. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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