A young boy receives a rocking horse for Christmas and soon learns that he is able to pick the winning horse at the races.A young boy receives a rocking horse for Christmas and soon learns that he is able to pick the winning horse at the races.A young boy receives a rocking horse for Christmas and soon learns that he is able to pick the winning horse at the races.
- Bowler Hat
- Matilda Grahame
- 2nd Chauffeur
- 1st Chauffeur
- Joan Grahame
A boy learns how to ride
This is a very intriguing British film, quite unlike most others from the period; it's a pretty dark Freudian tale, from a D H Lawrence short story, whose overt depiction of a schoolboy and his magic toy gets away with a strictly taboo subtext. The focus is on a well-to-do household of the period, in which the hierarchy of adults and children is strictly defined; the parents try to keep their son Paul, wearing short trousers even in the depths of winter, innocent of their adult concerns in particular, their problems with money. After discovering that his rocking horse gives him secret powers when he rides it hard enough, with giddy camera-work showing how it feels when he 'gets there', the boy tries to usurp his father's role to provide his mother with what she needs. John Mills produced the film, and his interest was no doubt linked to his typecast image: he normally plays rather piously unimpeachable characters, so it's quite a shock to see him here directing the lad's first experience of 'riding'. The only slight difficulty is that the boy actor needed to be nearer his early teens to carry the weight of the story's darker implications.
- Jun 24, 2004
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By what name was The Rocking Horse Winner (1949) officially released in Canada in English?Answer