The Rocking Horse Winner is a 1949 film about a young boy who finds a knack in picking horse race winners with incredible accuracy. The movie, which is an adaptation of the book written by D.H. Lawrence, was directed by Anthony Pelissier. The story takes place in London, where a boy named Paul Grahame (John Howard Davies) is growing up in an upper class family which struggles with financial responsibility. Paul's mother Hester Grahame (Valerie Hobson) spends much of the family money on material positions, such as expensive dresses and jewelry. Paul's father Richard Grahame (Hugh Sinclair) has a gambling problem and loses much of his money on horse races. Most of the time, Paul's uncle Oscar Cresswell (Ronald Squire) is left picking up the pieces. When Paul finds that he can predict horse race winners by rocking his wooden horse, he must decide how he can use it to his advantage.