A young boy is determined to befriend and tame a wild horse in this screen version of Mary O’Hara’s novel. Despite the fact that his chosen horse comes from “bad blood,” 10-year old Ken decides he must tame it, to prove himself as a person. MY FRIEND FLICKA is a family classic for all ages.
Set in Montana about 1900, this was a story about young Ken McLaughlin and his horse Flicka.
My Friend Flicka
Season 1 Ep.01: One Man’s Horse
Ken is forced to let an armed outlaw ride Flicka to his hideout. The man threatens to kill Flicka if Ken reveals the truth to the authorities.
My Friend Flicka was 20th Century-Fox’s very first venture into television production, so it launched what was to become a very long and profitable enterprise for this major studio. Twentieth Century-Fox television Productions, Inc. (T.C.F.) began filming the series in the summer of 1955. All of the series’ episodes were filmed during 1955 and 1956. The interior scenes were all filmed, according to Johnny Washbrook himself, at the Fox Western lot—the 20th Century-Fox studio at Western Avenue and Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. “That lot had been inactive for many years until we started filming there” he says. “The exterior shots were filmed at the Fox Ranch in Malibu Canyon and a few times at Iverson Ranch in Chatsworth in the San Fernando Valley. Occasionally, stock footage from the original My Friend Flicka movie was inter-cut to add some splendor and panoramic scenic shots from their location shooting.”
The pilot and first episode of the television series was titled “The Phantom Herd,” and it debuted the evening of February 10th, 1956 on CBS-TV. The episodes were filmed in color, but CBS originally broadcast them all in black and white. This was due to both the lack of color technology and the lack of color television sets in the United States at that time. The following season, it was picked up by NBC, and they began showing it in “living color.” Which brings us to mention the series’ place as a major milestone in television history, for My Friend Flicka was the very first regularly-scheduled color television show!
Cast and Crew:
Frank Ferguson, Gene Evans and Johnny Washbrook
Director: Nathan Juran and others
Production Company: 20th Century Fox Television
Audio/Visual: mono, color
Date Release: 1955
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