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A Day at Santa Anita (1937)

Orphaned horse-trainer's little daughter has reciprocated bond with horse, which needs her presence to win races.


Bobby Connolly


Crane Wilbur (original screenplay)


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Cast overview:
Sybil Jason ... Peaches Blackburn
Marcia Ralston ... Mrs. Van Gordon


After Peaches' father is accidentally killed, she becomes the youngest owner of a racehorse, the amazing Wonder Boy. Peaches presence at the track is key to Wonder Boy's performance, so forces betting on another horse arrange to have her taken into custody by child authorities, but she is rescued by Mrs. Van Gordon, who later adopts her, and returns to the track in time to inspire Wonder Boy to a win. Written by Gabe Taverney

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Short | Drama | Family







Release Date:

22 May 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadway Brevities (1936-1937 season): A Day at Santa Anita See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:



Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Included as a bonus on the Warner DVD of Each Dawn I Die (1939). See more »


Featured in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) See more »


Come Up Smiling
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Bogart delivers the court order
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Dreadful Technicolor short is early Warner Bros. use of color...
11 May 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

SYBIL JASON is the girl whose father dies and leaves her the owner of "Wonder Horse". The rest of the short film has Sybil in full Shirley Temple mode--laughing, crying, singing--but all to no avail. Let's just say it's best to remember her in the two Technicolor films she made with Shirley Temple in the late thirties.

As for the all-star cast, you get a fleeting glimpse of EDWARD G. ROBINSON and OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND, a bit of humor from FRANK McHUGH and HUGH HERBERT, some attempts at humor from AL JOLSON and RUBY KEELER, and an altogether sappy racetrack story that has been done in better films a hundred times over. Every cliché imaginable has been trotted out in the space of 18 minutes.

Summing up: No kudos for this one.

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