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Director  Louis King
Prequel  My Friend Flicka
Language  English
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Family
Sequel  Green Grass of Wyoming
Country  United States
Thunderhead, Son of Flicka movie poster
Release date  March 15, 1945 (1945-03-15)
Writer  Mary OHara (novel), Dwight Cummins (screenplay), Dorothy Yost (screenplay)
Cast  Roddy McDowall (Ken McLaughlin), Preston Foster (Rob McLaughlin), Rita Johnson (Nelle McLaughlin), James Bell (Gus), Patti Hale (Hildy), Carleton Young (Major Harris)
Similar movies  Related Louis King movies
Tagline  A young boy tries to train Thunderhead, a beautiful white colt and the son of his beloved Flicka, to be a champion race horse.

Thunderhead, Son of Flicka is a 1945 Technicolor family film directed by Louis King. It is a sequel to the 1943 film My Friend Flicka (remade in 2006 as Flicka). This film was adapted to screen by Dwight Cummins and Dorothy Yost from Mary O'Hara's novel, Thunderhead (1943), second in a trilogy with My Friend Flicka (1941) and Green Grass of Wyoming (1946).


Thunderhead, Son of Flicka movie scenes

The first feature film to be photographed entirely on 35mm Color negative film, in this case Technicolor Color motion picture film (section Monopack color film). Earlier color features used black and white negative film photographed behind color filters, or used Monopack only for certain sequences.



Ken McLaughlin's (Roddy McDowall) mare Flicka gives birth to an all-white colt that, unknown to Ken's dad, Rob (Preston Foster), was actually sired by a neighboring rancher's thoroughbred racehorse, Appalachia, rather than Rob's own stallion, Banner. Ken's mother, Nell (Rita Johnson), names the colt Thunderhead after the billowing white clouds she sees overhead. Ken trains Thunderhead as a race horse, but the colt suffers an injury during his first race, ending his racing career.

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Meanwhile, the Albino, a wild stallion that has been raiding local ranchers' herds for years, steals Rob McLaughlin's best mares and kills Banner, putting the family near bankruptcy. The Albino is also Thunderhead's grand-sire. Rob, Ken, and the ranch hands search for the mares, but during the night, Thunderhead gets loose and runs off.

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Tracking Thunderhead on foot to a secluded valley, Ken discovers the Albino's herd, including his father's horses. The Albino attacks Ken, but Thunderhead fights and kills the Albino, saving Ken's life.

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Rob and the others arrive as Thunderhead rounds up the Albino's herd, heading them to the McLaughlin ranch. But once there, Thunderhead is uneasy. Rob tells Ken that Thunderhead is a king now and wants to roam his realm. Ken removes Thunderhead's halter, freeing him.


  • Roddy McDowall as Ken McLaughlin
  • Preston Foster as Rob McLaughlin
  • Rita Johnson as Nelle McLaughlin
  • James Bell as Gus
  • Patti Hale as Hildy (as Diana Hale)
  • Carleton Young as Maj. Harris
  • Ralph Sanford as Charlie Sargent
  • Al Bridge as Dr. Hicks
  • Robert Filmer as Tim
  • Production

    The film was shot on location at various sites, including the following:

  • Oregon: Bridal Veil Falls at Oneonta Gorge and the Multnomah County Fairgrounds near Gresham, Oregon
  • California: Brent's Crags, Hidden Valley, and Hollywood Park Racetrack
  • Utah: Zion National Park, Kanab, Bryce Canyon National Park, Red Rock Canyon, Navajo Lake, Glendale Gorge, Cedar City, and Cedar Breaks National Monument
  • Additional scenes were shot in Duck Creek, Nevada
  • References

    Thunderhead, Son of Flicka Wikipedia
    Thunderhead, Son of Flicka IMDb Thunderhead, Son of Flicka

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