My Friend Flicka
(Hickory, NC, USA)
The first in a series of Three. The old flicka movies are, I would say, some of the best horse movies ever! You have just got to see them... and I'm not ruining the surprise! This gorgeous 1943 family film stars Roddy McDowell as a Colorado rancher's son who takes a shine to a colt named Flicka and chooses to train her. The boy's father (Preston Foster) isn't happy about the idea: the horse is an offspring of a stormy mare who may not be right in the head. For a while, Flicka seems determined to prove the rancher's point, fiercely resisting young McDowell's efforts at domestication. But persistence and love win the day, and Flicka grows up to be a magnificent animal and friend.