Old classics of the 1940’s – ok, there is one from the 1930’s, but it’s 1939 & if we can find more from the 30’s we’ll create a list for them too.
Each one provides a brief description with links to their IMDB & where they can be purchased online. Enjoy!
Frontier Pony Express (1939)
Set during the Civil War, this is the story of pony express riders who foil a plot to influence the outcome of the war. The villains are sending forged messages to troops on the west coast via pony express.
My Friend Flicka (1943)
Based on the book by Mary O’Hara, My Friend Flicka is about a troublesome boy named Ken who stays on the bad side of his father. As a lesson in responsibility his pop gives Ken a colt to teach the boy about life and love.
King of the Stallions (1942)
A movie about a black stallion who has never been tamed. He runs off with some of his his heard and white settlers blame the native Americans for their loss. Two banished natives later win the stallion’s trust and end the debate.
National Velvet (1944)
National Velvet tells the story of a 14 year old girl named Velvet living in a coastal English village. Velvet manages to win an amazing horse in a raffle. Together they train for the Grand National where rides disguised as a boy.
Thunderhead son of Flicka (1945)
A sequel to My friend Flicka and young Roddy wants to train the wild son of his beloved Flicka. Once fully grown Thunderhead makes it clear that he belongs in the wild, so tearfully Roddy sets him free to follow his heart.
The Great Dan Patch (1949)
A movie loosely based on the life of a trotting horse legend named Dan Patch. For his 11 year career Dan was undefeated on the track to the point that his only competition became his previous track records.
The Red Pony (1949)
Based on John Steinbeck’s tragic novel, The Red Pony tells the story of a young boy and his troubled family on a working ranch. The child is given a pony which teaches him about responsibility and loss in a very personal way.