Smoky (1946)

Genres - Adventure, Children's/Family, Drama, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama, Animal Picture  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Smoky is a Technicolor adaptation of Will James' beloved horse story, first filmed in 1933. Fred MacMurray plays a cowboy who is intrigued by a wild black stallion which refuses to be tamed. MacMurray ropes the stallion and determines to train it. "Smoky" responds to MacMurray, and horse and man form a strong bond; both are mavericks in a sense, and neither wants to be tied down to responsibility. During a cattle raid, Smoky is stolen and sold to various cruel owners. MacMurray finally catches up with his horse during a parade, in which Smoky breaks free from the junk cart he's been forced to pull. A third version starring Fess Parker was filmed in 1966.

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animal, friendship, rescue, affection, animal-rescue, bonding [relationship], capture, cattle, cowboy, devotion [dedication], horse, reunion, songwriter, training, wild [undomesticated]