Sergeant Murphy (1938)

57 mins | Comedy | 1 January 1938

Director:

B. Reeves Eason

Writer:

William Jacobs

Cinematographer:

Ted McCord

Editor:

James Gibbon

Production Designer:

Hugh Reticker

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to Var , the Grand National races staged for the picture were filmed at Santa Anita Racetrack in California. Mary McGuire was an Australian actress making her American debut in this film. Modern sources indicate that this was based on a true story and that Ronald Reagan's role was offered to James Cagney who turned it down. Modern sources note that Reagan was a reserve officer in the Cavalry at the time the film was ... More Less

According to Var , the Grand National races staged for the picture were filmed at Santa Anita Racetrack in California. Mary McGuire was an Australian actress making her American debut in this film. Modern sources indicate that this was based on a true story and that Ronald Reagan's role was offered to James Cagney who turned it down. Modern sources note that Reagan was a reserve officer in the Cavalry at the time the film was made. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
6 Dec 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
2 Feb 38
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Dec 37
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
10 Dec 37
p. 10
Motion Picture Herald
11 Dec 38
p. 44.
Variety
22 Dec 38
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Contr to scr const
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
PRODUCTION MISC
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 January 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
18 November 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7709
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
57
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3616
SYNOPSIS

Private Dennis Reilly has followed his horse, Sergeant Murphy, into the army and when Murphy is transferred to the cavalry, Dennis transfers also. Because he wants the horse to be discharged from the army when his own enlistment is finished, Dennis coaches Murphy to act wild so he will not be considered a good cavalry horse. Col. Carruthers thinks Murphy has potential, however, and sends him back to school. Meeting the attractive Mary Lou Carruthers while he is exercising Murphy, Dennis tells her Murphy's story without realizing that she is the colonel's daughter. Now that she knows the truth, Mary Lou is able to take Murphy successfully through his paces. She offers to help Dennis buy Murphy from the army after he leaves, but when Murphy is injured on a jump, the colonel is forced to sell him sooner. Dennis is prohibited from owning the horse as long as he is in the army and the colonel refuses to postpone the auction until he is discharged. Dennis spends the last ten days of his enlistment in the guardhouse and as soon as he is released he obtains the address of Murphy's new owner, intending to buy him back at any price. He finds that Murphy was too wild for his new owners, who sold him in their turn. Finally he tracks Murphy to a dog food company and arrives just in time to save him from death. Dennis then enters Murphy in steeplechase races and wins regularly. He does so well that they sail to England to race in the Grand National, but when inspectors find ticks on the ... +


Private Dennis Reilly has followed his horse, Sergeant Murphy, into the army and when Murphy is transferred to the cavalry, Dennis transfers also. Because he wants the horse to be discharged from the army when his own enlistment is finished, Dennis coaches Murphy to act wild so he will not be considered a good cavalry horse. Col. Carruthers thinks Murphy has potential, however, and sends him back to school. Meeting the attractive Mary Lou Carruthers while he is exercising Murphy, Dennis tells her Murphy's story without realizing that she is the colonel's daughter. Now that she knows the truth, Mary Lou is able to take Murphy successfully through his paces. She offers to help Dennis buy Murphy from the army after he leaves, but when Murphy is injured on a jump, the colonel is forced to sell him sooner. Dennis is prohibited from owning the horse as long as he is in the army and the colonel refuses to postpone the auction until he is discharged. Dennis spends the last ten days of his enlistment in the guardhouse and as soon as he is released he obtains the address of Murphy's new owner, intending to buy him back at any price. He finds that Murphy was too wild for his new owners, who sold him in their turn. Finally he tracks Murphy to a dog food company and arrives just in time to save him from death. Dennis then enters Murphy in steeplechase races and wins regularly. He does so well that they sail to England to race in the Grand National, but when inspectors find ticks on the animals in the cargo of the boat, Murphy is placed in quarantine. Desperate, Dennis sneaks Murphy off the boat by forcing him to swim to shore. After a near miss, Murphy wins the race, and the colonel, who is attending with Mary Lou, is forced to wear her hat and ride Murphy to the winner's circle as a penalty for betting against him. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Animal, Military


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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