|Thunderhead, Son of Flicka|
|Directed by||Louis King|
|Produced by||Robert Bassler|
|Written by||Mary O'Hara (novel)|
|Starring|| Roddy McDowall |
|Music by||Cyril J. Mockridge|
|Cinematography||Charles G. Clarke|
|Edited by||Nick DeMaggio|
|Distributed by||Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation|
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Thunderhead, Son of Flicka is a 1945 Technicolor family film directed by Louis King and starring Roddy McDowall, Preston Foster, and Rita Johnson. It is a sequel to the 1943 film My Friend Flicka (parodied in 2006 as Flicka ). The film was adapted to screen by Dwight Cummins and Dorothy Yost from Mary O'Hara's novel, Thunderhead (1943), second in a trilogy with My Friend Flicka (1941) and Green Grass of Wyoming (1946).
The first feature film to be photographed entirely on 35mm color negative film, in this case Technicolor (Monopack) motion picture film. Earlier color features used black and white negative film photographed behind color filters, or used Monopack only for certain sequences.
Ken McLaughlin's (Roddy McDowall) mustang mare Flicka gives birth to an all-white colt that, unknown to Ken's dad, Rob (Preston Foster), was actually sired by a neighboring rancher's thoroughbred racehorse, Appalachia, rather than Rob's own stallion, Banner. Ken's mother, Nell (Rita Johnson), names the colt Thunderhead after the billowing white clouds she sees overhead. Ken trains Thunderhead as a race horse, but the colt suffers an injury during his first race, ending his racing career.
Meanwhile, the Albino, a wild mustang stallion that has been raiding local ranchers' herds for years, steals Rob McLaughlin's best mares and kills Banner, putting the family near bankruptcy. The Albino is also Thunderhead's grand-sire. Rob, Ken, and the ranch hands search for the mares, but during the night, Thunderhead gets loose and runs off.
Tracking Thunderhead on foot to a secluded valley, Ken discovers the Albino's herd, including his father's horses. The Albino attacks Ken, but Thunderhead fights and kills the Albino, saving Ken's life.
Rob and the others arrive as Thunderhead rounds up the Albino's herd, heading them to the McLaughlin ranch. But once there, Thunderhead is uneasy. Rob tells Ken that Thunderhead is a king now and wants to roam his realm. Ken removes Thunderhead's halter, freeing him.
The film was shot on location at various sites, including the following:
The movie was released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 22, 2005.
Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall was an English-born American actor, film director and photographer. He is best known for portraying Cornelius and Caesar in the original Planet of the Apes film series, as well as Galen in the spin-off television series. He began his acting career as a child in England, and then in the United States, in How Green Was My Valley (1941), My Friend Flicka (1943) and Lassie Come Home (1943).
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