~The Sunset Derby~
1927
~William Collier Jr. & Mary Astor~
~Plot Synopsis~
Racehorse movies were a dime a dozen in 1927, meaning that the few good ones tended to be lumped
together with the bad. One of the more tolerable entries in this genre was First National's Sunset Derby,
starring Hollywood's favorite cocky jockey, William Collier Jr. After suffering a fall during a race, rider
Jimmy Burke (Collier) loses his nerve. But with the help of his girlfriend Molly Gibson (Mary Astor),
Jimmy regains his confidence just in time to achieve victory during the Big Race. At least the climactic
scene was crisply and excitingly photographed, allowing the viewer to forget the festival of cliches that
had gone before.

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
Directed by: Albert S. Rogell

Written by:
Curtis Benton - writer
Mort Blumenstock - titles

Based on the story by William Dudley Pelley
~Cast~

Mary Astor ...  Molly Gibson
William Collier Jr. ...  Jimmy Burke
Ralph Lewis ...  Sam Gibson
David Kirby ...  Mike Donovan
Lionel Belmore ...  Jack McTeague
Burt Ross ...  Bobby McTeague
Henry A. Barrows ...  'Lucky' Davis (as Henry Barrows)
Bobby Doyle ...  Skeeter Donohue
Michael Visaroff ...  Peddler
~Remaining Credits~

Distributed by: First National Pictures

Produced by: Charles R. Rogers
Cinematography by: Ross Fisher

Length: 6 Reels
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Released: June 5, 1927