Movies of the 1950’s, not a big decade for equine films, but with classics like The Courage of Black Beauty & Francis the Mule, it’s not one to be overlooked.
Each one provides a brief description with links to their IMDB & where they can be purchased online. Enjoy!
Francis the Talking Mule (1950)
Francis is a very special mule – he can talk. This is the story of his adventures as the army mule & the soldier who winds up looking like a lunatic because of him. Through the hilarity, Francis is busy uncovering a spy mission.
Born to the Saddle (1953)
The story of a young trainer who takes a job working for the man who murdered his father to exact revenge. A mutual love of horses forces a bond between the two men as they train a fast quarter horse named Blue Chip.
Gypsy Colt (1954)
About a girl named Meg, whose parents hit rough financial times & have to sell her horse Gypsy as a potential racehorse. The animal is transported 500 miles away from Meg, breaks away & takes on the 500 mile trek back to her.
The Littlest Outlaw (1955)
The Littlest Outlaw is a youth named Pablito whose father is a cruel horse trainer. His training gives a Mexican General’s horse a fear of jumping & the animal’s death is ordered. Pablito rescues the horse and runs away with him.
Courage of Black Beauty (1957)
Loosely based on the Anna Sewell classic, this is a movie about a shy alienated boy who finds comfort in a young colt called Black Beauty. The animal teaches the boy about life and serves to bring him & his father closer.
Tonka is about a young Souix named White Bull who proves his manhood by capturing & training a wild colt named Tonka. When his cousin claims rights to the colt, White Bull frees his horse who ends up in the hands of the US calvary.