For the Love of Mike (1960)

Genres - Children's/Family, Drama, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Animal Picture  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A young Native American boy saves the day in this competent children's western by director George Sherman. Little twelve-year-old Michael (Danny Bravo) is an orphan whose best friends are young Father Phelan (Richard Basehart) and the curmudgeonly Father Walsh (Arthur Shields). The good fathers would like to raise money for a new shrine but the project seems hopeless -- until Michael steps into the picture. He devotes himself to the care and training of a white quarterhorse with his eye on the big, local race coming up soon. If the horse can win the race, it would be enough to cover the cost of the shrine.

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horse-racing, altruism, boy, building, capture, church, donation, handicap, health, loot, monk, Native-American, orphan, prize, racer, sports, training, winner, horse