The Sunset Derby (1927)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Racehorse movies were a dime a dozen in 1927, meaning that the few good ones tended to be lumped together with the bad. One of the more tolerable entries in this genre was First National's Sunset Derby, starring Hollywood's favorite cocky jockey, William Collier Jr. After suffering a fall during a race, rider Jimmy Burke (Collier) loses his nerve. But with the help of his girlfriend Molly Gibson (Mary Astor), Jimmy regains his confidence just in time to achieve victory during the Big Race. At least the climactic scene was crisply and excitingly photographed, allowing the viewer to forget the festival of cliches that had gone before.



horse-racing, racer, courage, jockey, love, racehorse, romance, sports, underdog