Wildfire (1925)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 55 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This horse racing meller was based on the play by George V. Hobart and George Broadhurst. Claire Barrington (Aileen Pringle) wants to see her sister, Myrtle (Edna Murphy), make a fortuitous marriage to Ralph Woodhurst (Antrim Short). Woodhurst's father opposes horse racing, so Claire keeps it a secret that she is owner of the Duffy stables and Wildfire, a very fast horse. The stables' former owner, John Duffy (Lawford Davidson), plans to win Claire anyway he can, even if it means calling in the notes on the stables. Claire, however, loves Garrison (Holmes E. Herbert), who finally shows up after a five-year absence. Garrison, believing that Duffy -- a longtime enemy -- still owns the stables, buys a horse of his own, Jackdaw, the only horse who can beat Wildfire. The Duffy stables are set on fire and Claire believes Garrison did it. Jockey Chappie Raster (Arthur Bryson) is engaged to ride Wildfire in an important race and Duffy plots to have him throw it. Claire foils Duffy's scheme by keeping him away from Raster's view, and Wildfire wins. Duffy, of course, is responsible for the stable fire, so Claire and Garrison are reconciled.

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fire, fire-disaster, horse-racing