Sergeant Murphy

  • 1938
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Sports

It's tough to part a man and his horse, even during wartime. Ronald Reagan is Dennis Murphy, a young cavalry private whose horse, the title "sergeant," is skittish and mustered out of duty. Dennis acquires the disgraced steed and trains him into a prize-winner, incontestably proving the horse's worth by smuggling him into England, where he wins the Grand...read more

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It's tough to part a man and his horse, even during wartime. Ronald Reagan is Dennis Murphy, a young cavalry private whose horse, the title "sergeant," is skittish and mustered out of duty. Dennis acquires the disgraced steed and trains him into a prize-winner, incontestably proving the

horse's worth by smuggling him into England, where he wins the Grand National. Along the way, the two Murphys win over the post colonel's daughter (Mary Maguire). Reportedly based on a true story, SERGEANT MURPHY is a good example of the kind of competent second feature Hollywood turned out in the

1930s and 1940s, while former cavalry reservist Reagan gets to display the equestrian form that was later to impress the British royals. Filmed on the Monterey Peninsula, SERGEANT MURPHY is an unusual B film in its extensive location shooting, with Santa Anita standing in for the Grand

National.

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