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The Red Pony (1949 film)

The Red Pony
File:Poster of The Red Pony.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Lewis Milestone
Produced by Lewis Milestone
Screenplay by John Steinbeck
Story by John Steinbeck
Starring Myrna Loy
Robert Mitchum
Louis Calhern
Shepperd Strudwick
Peter Miles
Music by Aaron Copland
Cinematography Tony Gaudio
Editing by Harry Keller
Distributed by Republic Pictures
Release date(s)
Running time 88 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Red Pony is a 1949 film based on one of John Steinbeck's short stories published in the 1930s under the title The Red Pony. Steinbeck also wrote the screenplay for this film.[1]


A young boy, played by Peter Miles, becomes very attached to a newborn colt.



It is notable today because of the original score composed by Aaron Copland, which he also arranged and published as a suite The Red Pony. Copland himself conducted London's New Philharmonia Orchestra in a recording of the music for Columbia Records, which was later reissued on CD by Sony Records.


Critical reception

Film critic Bosley Crowther gave the film a mixed review, writing, "But, unfortunately, the story does ramble, and its several interlaced strands are often permitted to dangle or get lost in the leisurely account. An extraneous family situation involving the youngster's Ma and Pa, wherein the father has trouble with his ego, likewise confuses the plot. In directing the picture, Mr. Milestone has adopted a frankly casual style which further invests the proceedings with a languid quality."[2]


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • TCM Movie Database
  • Turner Classic Movies
  • YouTube

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