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Thunderhead, Son of Flicka (1945)

November 7th, 2008 by Anne Richardson · 2 Comments · 1940's, Oregon film, Oregon film old definition, Oregon location (cameo), Westerns

Thunderhead, Son of Flicka is a film where the villain is an evil horse.

Thunderhead, the equine hero who is adopted and trained by Roddy MacDowell, has issues with his terrifyingly remote range stallion father. It is never explained whether or not Thunderhead’s father issues have anything to do with his inability to focus on winning, but MacDowell soon discovers he’s riding a fast horse who just doesn’t care.

What an Oregon story!

Two Oregon locations are featured: the Gresham race track, which is no longer there, and Multnomah Falls, which is.

Oregon Movies, A to Z enthusiastically recommends Thunderhead, Son of Flicka to all fans of the original My Friend, Flicka, for which this serves as a sequel, and also to anyone who doubts they could ever be afraid of a horse.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Handy Guide to Oregon Animal Films | Oregon Movies, A to Z // Jan 21, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    [...] Thunderhead, Son of Flicka (1944) Roddy McDowell adopts a horse. Scenes shot in Gresham Race Track. [...]

  • 2 Secretariat (2010) | Oregon Movies, A to Z // Oct 8, 2010 at 8:10 am

    [...] Thunderhead, Son of Flicka (1944), contains scenes shot in a Gresham race track. Tonka, or A Horse Named Commanche (1958) was shot in Central Oregon, plus it features a score by George Bruns. The Black Stallion galloped along the Oregon Coast in 1979. Now Secretariat, written by Oregonian Mike Rich, joins this illustrious group. [...]

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