The Red Stallion

The Red Stallion is a 1947 American film directed by Lesley Selander shot in Cinecolor. It is about a young boy who trains his beloved pet horse to be a racehorse in order to save his grandmother's farm from foreclosure.

The Red Stallion
Directed byLesley Selander
Produced byBenjamin Stoloff (producer)
Written byRobert E. Kent (screenplay) and
Crane Wilbur (screenplay)
StarringRobert Paige
Noreen Nash
Ted Donaldson
Jane Darwell
Pierre Watkin
Music byFriedrich Hollaender
CinematographyVirgil Miller
Edited byFred Allen
Ben Stoloff Productions
Distributed byEagle-Lion Films
Rozdelovna Filmu Ceskoslovenského Státního Filmu (1947) (Czechoslovakia)
Union-Film (1953) (West Germany)
Comet Video (DVD)
Release date
August 16, 1947
Running time
81 minutes
92 minutes (West Germany)
CountryUnited States
Budget$1.3 million[1] or $1.1 million[2]

Plot summary

Joel Curtis (Ted Donaldson) is a young orphan who is living with his grandmother, Aggie Curtis (Jane Darwell), on her ranch. Joel finds an orphaned colt in the nearby woods, and names the horse Red. Joel learns that Grandma Curtis has extensive debts, and will be forced to sell her ranch to pay them off. Joel is friends with Andy McBride (Robert Paige), a ranch hand at the nearby Moresby Farms. Joel convinces Andy to help him train Red as a racehorse, with the intention of selling his beloved horse to pay off his grandmother's debts.

Joel and Andy convinced Moresby Farms horse trainer Ellen Reynolds (Noreen Nash) to race Red against the farm's best racehorse, Black Moor. But the untrained Red loses the race because he does not stay close to the inside rail. Joel next approaches Mr. Moresby (Pierre Watkin) with an offer to sell horses from the Curtis ranch to Moresby Farms. Mr. Moresby agrees, but says he will buy only those horses which can outrace Black Moor. With the foreclosure auction on Grandma Curtis' farm approaching quickly, Joel and Ho-Na (Robert Bice), a Native American working for Grandma Curtis, train Red on Moresby's racetrack nightly. Joel's dog, Curley, helps by barking at Red and forcing the horse against the rail whenever Red tries to stray.

Moresby promises to see Red race one more time first thing in the morning on the day before the auction. But that night, Red escapes the barn and goes into the woods, where a bear attacks him. Red escapes, but is too exhausted to race. The next day, Joel races Red against Black Moor and beats Moresboy's horse. Moresby purchases Red for a large sum, saving Grandma Curtis' ranch. At Grandma Curtis' suggestion, Moresby makes Joel co-owner of Red. Andy and Ellen reveal they are in love.



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