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Wings of the Morning

Wings of the Morning(1937)

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In 1890, Lord Clontarf gives gypsy king Mairik a glen called Destiny Bay on his Irish estate to be a haven for gypsies forever and marries Mairik's daughter Marie, who suffers the snubbing of Clontarf's friends. After Clontarf dies from a riding fall, Marie goes south with the gypsies because a fortune-teller predicts that her mixed marriage will curse three generations. Some fifty years later in Spain, Marie's great-granddaughter Maria, the Duchess of Leyra, is engaged to Don Diego, the Duke of Montreal. Marie returns to Destiny Bay because of the rebellion in Spain and sends for Maria, who arrives dressed as a boy to get safely across the frontier. She trades Marie's prize horse, Wings of the Morning, without knowing the horse's value, to Kerry Gilfallen, a Canadian visiting his cousin, Sir Valentine MacFarland, Lord Clontarf's cousin who knew Marie who he was young. When Maria learns her mistake, she tries to retrieve the horse, but Wings escapes. Maria, still dressed as a boy, and Kerry find the horse in the dense fog by the cliffs, and Kerry insists that they spend the night in a barn. In the morning, when Maria refuses to swim, Kerry removes her shirt, which embarrasses them both. Kerry becomes Wings's trainer for the Derby at Epsom Downs and falls in love with Maria, but when Don Diego arrives and Kerry learns of Maria's engagement, he decides to return to Canada after the race. Although Kerry has hired famed jockey Steve Donoghue to ride his own horse, Destiny Bay, when Wings's jockey is rejected, Kerry has Donoghue ride Wings because Marie, who is near death, plans to use the prize money for Maria's dowry. Wings wins, but when an objection flag is raised, Don Diego tells Maria that he would be helpless without her money, and she sends him away. Wings is declared the winner, and Maria finds Kerry swimming, dives to him and announces that she wants to marry him.