I won't duplicate the synopsis that Westley has already provided, but I would add don't be mislead by the title of this film, nor by the fact that it stars Britain's leading child star of the time, John Howard Davies (only ten years old when he made the film in 1949). This is definitely not a kid's picture. In fact, watching this would give some sensitive children nightmares for years. Given an "A" certificate by the BBFC (the most adult rating they could have given it at the time) it may well have been rated "X" if it had been released three years later. Also don't be mislead by the cheery opening, for the film soon develops into a compelling and haunting supernatural drama that plays like a missing segment out of "Dead Of Night", except that rather than having a haunted mirror or a haunted ventriloquist's dummy, we have here a haunted rocking horse and a boy who rides it becoming inextricably possessed by something unexplainably evil and soul-consuming. To give any more of the plot away would be unfair to those who haven't seen it. But this is a wonderfully made and very moving and emotionally involving British classic that I cannot recommend highly enough. Everything about it is top class...acting; script; direction; photography and music...and the most evil looking rocking horse in film history. Faithfully adapted from the famous short story by D. H. Lawrence, this is a film that will haunt you for the rest of your life and will have you in tears before the end.