2 October 2005 | bkoganbing
A Soapy Horse Opera
This was one of Ronald Reagan's favorite films. He happened to love horses, the only thing that would have made him happier is to have been a western star in films. So for being a dutiful employee at Warner Brothers, Jack Warner gave him this soap opera that takes place among the horsey set in Southern California.
The story is told in flashback by novelist Zachary Scott who's dropped in on pal Ronald Reagan who's a veterinarian and show horse owner. Both these guys make the acquaintance of Alexis Smith and her little sister Patti Brady who are also show horse owners.
Doc Reagan has to deal with all kinds of animal and human problems including a climatic anthrax epidemic. He's also got divorcée Peggy Knudsen hankering after him also. She's got the meatiest role in the film, a real Alexis Carrington style tramp. This thing should have launched her on a big career.
Another film that would have been the basis of a great television soap opera.