Ronald Reagan Appears as Larry Hanrahan in "Stallion Road"
Novelist Stephen Purcell visits his friend, Larry Hanrahan, a veterinarian and owner of the Stallion Road ranch in California's Madre Range.
He quickly learns that Larry is having an affair with Daisy Otis, wife of banker Ben, who holds the mortgage on the ranch. Shortly after his arrival, Chris, the young sister of horsebreeder Rory Teller, rides through the pouring rain to ask Larry to treat their prize jumping mare, Sultan's Pride, who is very ill.
Stallion Road is a 1947 film starring Ronald Reagan, Alexis Smith and Zachary Scott, and directed by James V. Kern.
Stallion Road is a sweeping romantic melodrama set in the 1940's California pitting a veterinarian (Reagan) and a romance novelist (Scott) in a bid for the affections of a beautiful rancher (Smith). Reagan and Smith assume roles that were apparently once earmarked for Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall after their 1946 hit The Big Sleep. A delightfully witty script brings the best out of the stars and Scott shines as the cynical, world weary, but extremely charming novelist. Reagan exerts his usual tough, laconic screen persona which gels nicely with that of the rugged yet endearing rancher played by Smith. The love triangle between Reagan, Smith and Scott is played out with sophistication, wit, humour and heartfelt. Adding to the strengths of the film is a wonderful set of supporting actors. Stallion Road is a melodrama that adheres to the formulas that made this type of film so popular and powerful in the golden age of Hollywood.