Misty (1961) - Marguerite Henry's award-winning 1947 children's book Misty of Chincoteague provided the basis for this film about two children who capture a mare on an island off the coast of Virginia. It starred David Ladd, Alan's son and a future Hollywood executive.
National Velvet (1944) - An English lass named Velvet Brown (Elizabeth Taylor) saves a horse, names him The Pie, and eventually rides him in the Grand National steeplechase. Anne Revere won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar as Velvet's mother and Mickey Rooney played another trainer. This one was also an huge hit, this time for MGM.
My Friend Flicka (1943) - Roddy McDowall plays young boy who learns responsibility by a raising a young filly he names Flicka (Swedish for "little girl"). This adaptation of Mary O'Hara's book proved to be a big hit for 20th Century-Fix and spawned two sequels, plus a later TV series.
Smoky (1946) - There are several versions of Will James' horse tale, but this one is the most famous. Fred MacMurray plays a cowboy who captures a wild horse and forms a friendship with it. The two are separated, but reunited in the film's poignant climax.
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