Cinema: Hopalong Cossack

Soviet moviemakers know their box office. Copenhagen audiences last week were seeing a Soviet-made horse opera that managed to combine cowboys with horse racing and a hearty helping of World War II anti-German propaganda, all wrapped lumpily into ten reels. The story of Kosakhest (Cossack Horse): A Cossack cowboy enters his horse in a race against a jockey who is after the cowboy's girl. But war begins and the jockey turns out to be a saboteur who escapes to Nazi lines after wounding the cowboy. The clever horse, who apparently can do everything but dance the Kazachek, saves the cowboy's life,...

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