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Wild Beauty (1927)

A soldier returns home from World War I with a beautiful black horse that he saved on the battlefield, and names Thunderhoof. He enters the horse in a local race, hoping to earn enough ... See full summary »

Director:

Henry MacRae

Writers:

Sylvia Bernstein (story) (as Sylvia Bernstein Seid), Edward J. Meagher (as Edward Meagher) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Rex the Wonder Horse ... Thunderhoof, a horse (as Rex)
Valerie Valerie ... Valerie - a horse
Hugh Allan ... Bill Moran (as Hugh Allen)
June Marlowe ... Helen Cunningham
Scott Seaton ... Colonel Cunningham
Hayes Robinson Hayes Robinson ... Washington - stableman
William Bailey ... Jim Kennedy
Jack Pratt Jack Pratt ... Davis
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A soldier returns home from World War I with a beautiful black horse that he saved on the battlefield, and names Thunderhoof. He enters the horse in a local race, hoping to earn enough money to save the family ranch of the girl he loves. However, the crooks intent on taking the ranch manage to capture a notorious wild horse and enter it in the same race, believing that it can beat Thunderhoof and thereby ensure that they're able to take the ranch. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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horse | california | See All (2) »

Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den sorte Djævel See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Two horses, a man, and a war
1 March 2007 | by DeborahPainter855See all my reviews

I was thoroughly impressed with this film, even though the DVD copy I obtained came from a mail order company that has done nothing to restore their print. I hope someone with the means and time to do so will take an interest. WILD BEAUTY was a Universal Jewel production. The hero of the film. Bill Moran(Hugh Allan)is an infantryman in World War I. He rescues a white Thoroughbred mare from a hastily abandoned château that both the Germans and the Americans want. Bill takes "Valerie" back to the United States after the War and is vexed that a wild stallion (Rex) tries to steal her for his herd.

There is the usual plot wherein the hero's girlfriend is in some sort of trouble. This time the trouble is caused by her father, who is somewhat of a gambling fool. The villains of the story want his land really badly and are pretty sleazy in the means by which they trick him to try to get it. The wild stallion character is the fulcrum by which the story is spring-boarded. Unlike contemporary films with plots similar to this one (see American BLACK BEAUTY), the action is nonstop and the plotting is relatively free from contrivance. Producers and scriptwriters of modern family films would do well to study silent films because they could learn a thing or two about pacing.


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