The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968)

Genres - Children's/Family, Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Animal Picture, Family-Oriented Comedy  |   Release Date - Dec 20, 1968 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 112 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - G
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Review by Craig Butler

Amiable (if occasionally aimless), The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit is a typical 1960s Disney live-action effort, and those who enjoy such similar fare as The Ugly Dachshund or $1,000,000 Duck will embrace this wholeheartedly. Those who want a little meat on the bones of their movies will probably tune out before the end of this Horse race, but it's actually a perfectly fine little film. Yes, it's undeniably manipulative and the plot is made to order, but it's also effective, and the children that are its primary audience should get a great deal out of it. And if one can forget the dispensable plot mechanics and just sit back and watch the graceful maneuvering of the various horses, it can be a leisurely way to pass a couple of hours. Dean Jones is doing his usual patented Disney routine, and while it's not great acting, it is done with conviction. Diane Baker brings much more to her role than the part requires, Ellen Janov is light and lovely, and vets like Fred Clark and Morey Amsterdam help to keep things lively. If Horse never even attempted to deliver on the Madison Avenue satire promised in its title, it's still an agreeable little film.