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My Friend Flicka (film)

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Director  Harold D. Schuster
Music director  Alfred Newman
Language  English
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Family, Western
Country  United States
My Friend Flicka (film) movie poster
Writer  Mary OHara, Francis Edward Faragoh, Lillie Hayward
Release date  May 26, 1943 (1943-05-26)
Sequel  Thunderhead, Son of Flicka
Cast  Roddy McDowall (Ken McLaughlin), Preston Foster (Rob McLaughlin), Rita Johnson (Nell McLaughlin), James Bell (Gus), Patti Hale (Hildy), Jeff Corey (Tim Murphy)
Similar movies  Goldfinger, A View to a Kill, True Lies, Hidalgo, Dreamer: Inspired By a True Story, The Horse Whisperer
Tagline  A story from the heart of thrill America's heart!

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My Friend Flicka is a 1943 coming-of-age Technicolor film about a young boy, played by Roddy McDowall, who is given a young horse to raise. It is based on Mary O'Hara's popular 1941 children's novel. Thunderhead, Son of Flicka, released in March 15, 1945, was the sequel to My Friend Flicka.


My Friend Flicka (film) movie scenes

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Wyoming ranchers Rob (Preston Foster) and Nell McLaughlin (Rita Johnson) somewhat reluctantly decide to give their 10-year-old son, Ken (Roddy McDowall), 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 (James Bell) 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
  • Production

    Parts of the film were shot in Duck Creek, Aspen Mirror Lake, Rockville Road, Strawberry Valley, Johnson Canyon, Zion National Park, and Cedar Breaks National Monument in Utah.

    Radio adaptation

    A radio adaptation of My Friend Flicka was presented on Lux Radio Theatre June 7, 1943, starring McDowall and Johnson.


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