Green Grass of Wyoming

Green Grass of Wyoming is a 1948 American western drama film, directed by Louis King, starring Peggy Cummins and Charles Coburn.

Green Grass of Wyoming
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLouis King
Produced byRobert Bassler
Written byMartin Berkeley
Based onGreen Grass of Wyoming
by Mary O'Hara
StarringPeggy Cummins
Charles Coburn
Music byCyril J. Mockridge
CinematographyCharles G. Clarke
Edited byNick DeMaggio
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • June 3, 1948 (1948-06-03)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$2 million[1]
Box office$2.1 million (US rentals)[2]

The screenplay, written by Martin Berkeley, is based on the third book in the popular, "My Friend Flicka" trilogy, written by Mary O'Hara.[3] The movie follows the further adventures of the McLaughlin family who live on a horse ranch in Wyoming. Marilyn Monroe appeared as an uncredited extra.

The original cast from the first two films did not reprise their roles in the third.


Beaver Greenway, a longtime horse owner with a drinking problem, is upset because one of his mares has been lured away by Thunderhead, the wild stallion that previously belonged to Rob and Nell McLaughlin. He goes to Goose Bar Ranch to assist in the hunt for the wild stallion, who is now well known for taking the Albinos place in stealing mares from many different states but the McLaughlins no longer have any control of the horse.

Ken McLaughlin returns home to his parents from a horse-buying trip with Crown Jewel, a trotter. Rob is skeptical about the purchase, more so when Crown Jewel develops altitude sickness in the Wyoming hills.

Ken goes on a date with Greenway's granddaughter Carey. A veterinarian advises Crown Jewel be put down due to her congested lungs, but Beaver Greenway, a former sulky driver, recommends a treatment that works.

Thunderhead returns and lifts the mare's spirits. Crown Jewel is taken to Ohio to compete in the Governor's Cup sweepstakes, where Ken McLaughlin has entered his own horse, Sundance. Ken was going to ride Crown Jewel, but Sundance wins. However, all of the McLaughlins are proud of Crown Jewel's effort, particularly when they learn she is pregnant.[4]


Listed in credits order:


Parts of the film were shot in Strawberry Valley, Three Lakes, Kanab Race Track, Rockville Road, Panguitch Lake, and Cedar Breaks National Monument in Utah.[5]:288

The final race during the last 18 minutes of the movie was filmed in Lancaster, Ohio at the Fairfield County Fair Grounds.


  1. Variety 18 February 1948 p7
  2. "Top Grossers of 1948", Variety 5 January 1949 p 46
  3. "Green Grass of Wyoming (1948): Full Cast & Crew - Writing Credits". IMDb. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  4. the book itself
  5. D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: A history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874.
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