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My Friend Flicka
Genre Western/Children's
Starring Gene Evans
Anita Louise
Johnny Washbrook
Frank Ferguson
Pamela Beaird
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 39
Production location(s) Fox Movie Ranch, now part of Malibu Creek State Park
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) 20th Century Fox studios
Original network CBS
Picture format Color
Audio format Monaural
Original release February 10, 1956 (1956-02-10) – May 18, 1958 (1958-05-18)

My Friend Flicka is a western television series about a boy and his horse Flicka – a Swedish name meaning "little girl." The series is based on the novels by Mary O'Hara and the 1943 film My Friend Flicka. Though filmed in color, it was originally shown on CBS in black-and-white from February 10, 1956 until August 1957. Only one season of the popular series was filmed, but it was broadcast in syndicated reruns for many years, starting in September 1957 on NBC.


The series takes place around 1900 on the fictional Goose Bar Ranch near Coulee Springs, Wyoming. Gene Evans played horse rancher Rob McLaughlin, Anita Louise was his wife Nell McLaughlin, and Johnny Washbrook played their son Ken. Frank Ferguson was their ranch hand Gus Broeberg, and Pamela Beaird had a recurring role as Hildy Broeberg, the niece of Gus. Stories dealt with the struggles of earning a living as a rancher, and problems that neighbors and friends encountered. Each adventure centered around young Ken and his horse Flicka. Sometimes Ken’s wrong choices caused problems, but the series taught the importance of learning from your mistakes. Rob would tell the youngster "You did what you thought was right son, and that’s the important thing."


Interior shots were filmed on the old William Fox Motion Pictures Studio, and exterior locations were at the 20th Century Fox Movie Ranch, which is now part of Malibu Creek State Park.

The series had higher-than-average production costs, with the finest camera work and other technical attributes. At a time when most viewers owned black-and-white televisions My Friend Flicka was filmed in color, though it was originally broadcast in black-and-white.

During the 1950s it was common practice to have one advertiser sponsor an entire season of a television series. CBS was asking an advertising fee of $37,500 for each episode, and at least one advertiser chose to sponsor a different series, which was $10,000 less expensive per episode . Colgate-Palmolive signed on as the series sponsor.

High production costs is believed to be the reason why the popular series did not have a second season. Instead, 20th Century-Fox chose My Friend Flicka as one of the first two series that they offered as rerun syndication packages.

Broadcast history

From February 10, 1956 to February 1957 CBS broadcast My Friend Flicka on Fridays from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m., and in March 1957 it was shown on Saturdays from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. From April to May 1957 it was on Sundays from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., and from June to August 1957 it was shown on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. The series moved to NBC, where it aired in color for the first time. From September to December 1957 it was broadcast on Sundays from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m., and from January to May 1958 it was shown on Sundays from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.

During the 1959 - 1960 television season ABC broadcast the series weekdays during the late afternoon. My Friend Flicka then moved to Saturday afternoons. During the 1961 - 1962 season it was broadcast on CBS, it was on ABC from September 1962 to December 1963, and it returned to CBS from September 1964 to September 1966.


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "One Man’s Horse" Nathan Juran Peter Packer, DeVallon Scott September 30, 1955 (1955-09-30)
Flicka is stolen by an outlaw, who threatens to kill the horse if Ken tells anyone. Hugh Beaumont is a guest star.
2 "Blind Faith" Robert Gordon Nat Tanchuck, Art Browne, Jr., Curtis Kenyon October 7, 1959 (1959-10-07)
Flicka is blinded in an accident, but Ken believes he will regain his sight.
3 "A Case of Honor" Nathan Juran Jerry Sackheim October 14, 1955 (1955-10-14)
Ranchers & sheepherders fight over grazing land & Rob is accused of poisoning a water hole.
4 "A Good Deed" Frederick Stephani Mary Lacey, Kay Lenard October 21, 1955 (1955-10-21)
Ken and Flicka help a disabled child conquer his fear of horses.
5 "Cavalry Horse" Frederick Stephani DeVallon Scott, Jerry Sackheim October 28, 1955 (1955-10-28)
The McLaughlins try to save a soldier’s old horse from being put down.
6 "The Accident" Frederick Stephani Kay Lenard November 4, 1955 (1955-11-04)
Ken is stalked by a cougar after he is thrown from Flicka and can’t walk.
7 "The Stranger" Robert Gordon Peter Paker, DeVallon Scott November 11, 1955 (1955-11-11)
Ken is kidnapped by an escaped convict.
8 "The Wild Horse" Robert Gordon George Slavin, George W. George November 18, 1955 (1955-11-18)
Soon after Ken refuses to sell Flicka the horse is missing from her stall.
9 "The Rogue Stallion" Nathan Juran Kay Lenard November 25, 1955 (1955-11-25)
Both Rob and a rival rancher want to capture a beautiful wild horse. Claude Akins is a guest star.
10 "The Little Secret" Nathan Juran Jerry Sackheim December 2, 1955 (1955-12-02)
A Native American mother wants Ken to take her sick baby to a doctor.
11 "Act of Loyalty" Nathan Juran Malvin Wald, Jack Jacobs December 8, 1955 (1955-12-08)
Flicka helps a fugitive escape from jail, and townspeople suspect Ken was involved with the escape.
12 "The Silver Saddle" John English Malvin Wald, Jack Jacobs, Curtis Kenyon December 16, 1955 (1955-12-16)
Ken is accused of letting a horse escape so Flicka can win a horse show.
13 "The Phantom Herd" James B. Clark Peter Packer December 23, 1955 (1955-12-23)
Rob decides to sell the ranch after his entire herd of horses run off.
14 "The Little Visitor" Frederick Stephani Nat Tanchuck, Art Browne, Jr. December 30, 1955 (1955-12-30)
Ken and a headstrong visiting boy are trapped in a mine.
15 "The Golden Promise" John English Kay Lenard January 6, 1956 (1956-01-06)
Ken and Gus neglect ranch work to hunt for gold. Rob tries to do all the chores by himself and breaks his leg.
16 "Black Dust" John English Kay Lenard January 13, 1956 (1956-01-13)
The construction crew working to reopen a mine are contaminating the water.
17 "The Night Rider" Ted Thomas, Jan Leman Robert Gordon January 20, 1956 (1956-01-20)
An old murder mystery is solved after Ken and Flicka trail a ghostly rider.
18 "The Settler" Robert Gordon David Lang January 27, 1956 (1956-01-27)
Ken and Flicka try to find a runaway horse.
19 "Wind From Heaven" Robert Gordon George Asness February 3, 1956 (1956-02-03)
While ranchers are feuding with homesteaders Ken befriends a homesteader’s child.
20 "The Whip" James Clark Rik Vollaerts February 10, 1956 (1956-02-10)
When an experienced horse trainer sees Ken calm a stallion with kindness he learns he knows less than he thought he did.
21 "The Runaways" John English Kay Lenard February 17, 1956 (1956-02-17)
Flicka runs away from the ranch to join a wild horse that Rob is trying to tame.
22 "The Cameraman" John English Jan Leman, Ted Thomas, Lowell Hawley February 24, 1956 (1956-02-24)
Rob saves a photographer from stampeding horses, then suspects him of being a thief. John Carradine is a guest star.
23 "Old Danny" John English Kay Lenard March 2, 1956 (1956-03-02)
Ken and Flicka help a little girl whose dog is endangered by coyotes.
24 "Rough and Ready" John English Curtis Enyon March 9, 1956 (1956-03-09)
Theodore Roosevelt tries to settle a war between ranch owners and a cattle baron.
25 "The Royal Carriage" John English Curtis Kenyon March 16, 1956 (1956-03-16)
Ken helps his mother prepare a royal reception for a visiting countess.
26 "Mister Goblin" John English Kay Lenard March 23, 1956 (1956-03-23)
Ken brings home a stray white colt. Jane Darwell is a guest star.
27 "Rebels in Hiding" Donald McDougal Lowell S. Hawley March 30, 1956 (1956-03-30)
A former Native American chief runs away from the reservation with his grandson, to keep the boy out a white school.
28 "Lock, Stock and Barrel" John English Warren Wilson April 6, 1956 (1956-04-06)
Ken hides Flicka in an abandoned barn so he won’t have to turn her out on the range. He doesn’t know the barn has just been sold. Claude Akins guest stars.
29 "The Unmasking" Albert S. Rogell David Lane April 13, 1956 (1956-04-13)
Ken and a husband-hunting woman befriend a thief. Sheb Wooley guest stars.
30 "Refuge for the Night" Robert Gordon Jerry Sackheim April 20, 1956 (1956-04-20)
Ken and his mother, Nell, are alone at the ranch when an escaped criminal takes it over as a hide-out.
31 "Against All Odds" John English J. Benton Cheney, Lowell S. Hawley April 27, 1956 (1956-04-27)
A puppy, found in Ken’s rabbit snare, disrupts the McLaughlin’s household.
32 "The Old Champ" John English Lowell S. Hawley, Jerry Sackheim May 4, 1956 (1956-05-04)
Rob competes as a wrestler at a medicine show, and Ken bets Flicka on the outcome.
33 "The Medicine Man" John English George Asness, Curtis Kenyon May 11, 1956 (1956-05-11)
Neighbors try to prevent a Native American doctor from treating Nell.
34 "When Bugles Blow" John English Warren Wilson May 18, 1956 (1956-05-18)
Gus tries to talk Rob out of his desire to re-enlist in the cavalry.
35 "The Recluse" John English Jerry Sackheim May 25, 1956 (1956-05-25)
Ken mets an eccentric elderly woman, and thinks she may be a witch.
36 "The Foundlings" John English Muriel Roy Bolton June 1, 1956 (1956-06-01)
Ken runs away from home and meets up with two unhappy orphans who long for a family of their own.
37 "Growing Pains" Albert S. Rogell Wanda Tuchock June 8, 1956 (1956-06-08)
Ken welcomes a little girl and a prize bull to the ranch and learns that both can be unpredictable.
38 "The Lost River" Robert Gordon Jerry Sackheim June 15, 1956 (1956-06-15)
Rob buys a stallion with a Chinese brand which means “Evil comes to him who owns me.” Mishaps take place while digging for water.
39 "Big Red" John English Curtis Kenyon June 22, 1956 (1956-06-22)
Rob and Ken trail an escaped show horse and are menaced by a gun-wielding cowhand. Denver Pyle is a guest star.

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