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      The Red Stallion

      Released Aug 16, 1947 1h 21m Adventure List
      Reviews 40% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings Elderly Aggie Curtis (Jane Darwell) is in financial trouble and must come up with cash or sell the horse ranch she runs with her orphaned grandson, Joel (Ted Donaldson). Hoping to save the ranch, Joel decides to train his favorite horse, a stallion named Red, to race. This proves to be no easy task, though -- while Red is speedy, he's also quite unruly. But the Curtises' wealthy neighbor, Moresby (Pierre Watkin), takes an interest in buying Red, and Joel must consider selling his animal pal. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member The dog, Curly, and horse, Red, are the stars of this family friendly movie. Red protecting his loved ones from a nasty black bear is an amazing scene. A nice enjoyable story. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member The Red Stallion (Lesley Selander, 1947) The Red Stallion was Hollywood's attempt to create, in essence, a horsey version of Rusty the German Shepherd-a series of movies featuring an animal hero that would appeal to kids. (To the best of my knowledge, only two Red Stallion films got made, this and 1948's The Red Stallion in the Rockies.) And for what it is, it does its job passably well, but that's for what it is; it was a quickie attempt to cash in on a current trend. Done well, this sort of thing can be a classic (the obvious example being Black Beauty), but this is carbon-copy-out-the-door stuff, full of emotional shortcuts and manipulation. Which is not to say it isn't still a fun movie if you're in the mood for a family-friendly animal tale. Plot: Joel (Ted Donaldson, who also starred in the Rusty movies), while out on a make-believe hunt, actually runs across a real bear and scares it off with his gun. He discovers the bear had killed a horse who was protecting her newborn foal and, after a bit of deliberation, he takes the foal home, intending to nurse it back to health. He lives with his grandma, Aggie (Mary Poppins' Jane Darwell), a feisty old broad, and I use that term in the most affectionate sense, who has fallen on hard times and owes her creditors over ten grand (and this was back when ten grand actually meant something). When Joel discovers that the recently-deceased mare was an award-winning thoroughbred, he gets the obvious idea in his head, and sets out to train Red, as he calls the horse, to race for money. That, however, is no job for a ten-year-old boy. Enter Any MacBride (Bye Bye Birdie's Robert Page), a horse trainer on a nearby ranch who sees the look of eagles in Red's eye... It's the post-WW2 equivalent of a Wonderful World of Disney TV movie; as soon as the major conflicts are set up (and the romantic subplot between MacBride and the rancher's daughter, played by Giant's Noreen Nash), you know how it's all going to turn out. It's fun, it's enjoyable, it's entirely empty calories, but you won't regret having watched it when you're done. ** 1/2 Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Elderly Aggie Curtis (Jane Darwell) is in financial trouble and must come up with cash or sell the horse ranch she runs with her orphaned grandson, Joel (Ted Donaldson). Hoping to save the ranch, Joel decides to train his favorite horse, a stallion named Red, to race. This proves to be no easy task, though -- while Red is speedy, he's also quite unruly. But the Curtises' wealthy neighbor, Moresby (Pierre Watkin), takes an interest in buying Red, and Joel must consider selling his animal pal.
      Director
      Lesley Selander
      Production Co
      Ben Stoloff Productions
      Genre
      Adventure
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 16, 1947, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 5, 2019
      Runtime
      1h 21m