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Susie Rides a Winner

  • May 18, 2000
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Rating:
+5
Pros: Kurt Russell in his youth

Cons: None

I stumbled onto this movie watching Vault Disney which is on late nights on the Disney Channel. Walt Disney talks about shows and movies and presents them for viewing.

I have this on tape and my five year old requests this by saying he wants to see Susie jump. This movie starts off with a girl named Helen who is taking riding lessons at Susie's place. Helen's father is an Account Executive with an ad agency in New York and receives a bill that he feels is too high and pays a visit to the stables. This is the first visit and Helen is happy to introduce her father to Susie. The payment matter is settled and that evening he has to come up with a campaign for a heart burn pill.

After learning from his Aunt who lives with them that Helen wants a horse he comes up with the brilliant idea of how to obtain a horse for his daughter and save the campaign for Aspercel. The part where he follows his boss around the office pitching his idea reminds me of old Bewitched days when pitching ad campaigns.

The idea is clinched and soon Aspercel arrives and trying to get the Horse out of the white trailer is not an easy task. But Helen's dad has a glass of beer and that seemed to do the trick. The horse is welcomed into the family and Helen takes him into his new riding area. Susie is there as well and is hired on to teach Helen to ride.

Her father has the brainstorm that Helen is going to win ribbons and the campaign will be a hit. He has no idea that Helen is just beginning and when they go to the first competition is where they meet Ronnie. Played by Kurt Russell when he was with Disney in his youth. He drives a car and teaches Dad how to put the bridle on the horse and get the saddle on and they watch as Helen does not win a ribbon.

Helen learns along the way about Horse riding and her friendship with Ronnie blossoms. His sister is a rider as well in the circuit.

Later on in the movie Susie becomes the rider for Aspercel and they are all over the horse shows winning ribbons. The final competition is between Susie and a gentlemen. They both want to win and what you witness is Helen's dad wanting to propose marriage to Susie, the horse jumping and the raising of the bars for jumping.

I will not give away the ending if you have not seen the movie. It is a movie for the entire family and my five year old does indeed love it and has learned more about horses. This is the Susie tape.

I would suggest watching Vault Disney as well as getting this tape to watch a most wonderful movie that is over 20 years old and to see Kurt Russell when he was a teenager.

Anyone interested in horses would learn about competition and have some good laughs. One of the funniest parts in the movie is when Aspercel gets loose and the father is chasing the horse and that is when he jumps over a six foot fence and ends up in jail.

The horse is beautiful and this is family entertainment as Disney used to be.




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A harried New York ad executive (Jones) is in trouble, at home as well as the office. His daughter is a gifted horse rider who wants nothing more than to own her own horse, but with dad's meager budget he simply can't afford it. Added to that is the order from his boss that he invent an interesting ad campaign for the company's newest product, a stomach pill called "Aspercel." When he decides that the best thing to do is to buy a horse for his daughter and name it "Aspercel," the results aren't an immediate success. A fun Disney movie for the whole family.
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Cast: Ellen Janov
Director: Norman Tokar
Release Date: 1968
MPAA Rating: G
DVD Release Date: Buena Vista Home Entertainment (January 14, 2003)
Runtime: 1hr 54min
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