This is the story of Sonora Webster, a teenage runaway during the Depression. Her life's ambition is to travel to Atlantic City, where "all your dreams come true." After leaving home she accepts a job from Dr. Carver and his girl-and-horse high diving act. Starting out as a stable hand her goal is to become a real diving girl. Dr. Carver's son, Al, helps her in her quest by helping her tame a wild horse she's named Lightning. Their early morning practices lead not only to Sonora being put into training as a diving girl, but also for Al's emotions for Sonora to begin to surface. Al leaves after an argument with his father and the diver girl, Marie, is injured in a practice. Sonora finally takes her place and becomes a real diving girl. The act is thriving but fairgrounds are suffering hard times and the show is closed. Al comes back with the surprise revelation of getting the act booked in Atlantic City. Dr. Carver passes away en route to New Jersey and Al takes over. He asks Sonora to... Written by
The inspiring true-life adventure of a courageous young rebel who defied the odds...and won.
Did You Know?
Burt Reynolds turned down the role of Doctor W.F. Carver. See more
When Sonora and Clifford are talking by the hot dog roaster at the carnival, for the first shot, the chain is off the sprocket then suddenly is back on in the second shot. See more
I can do it because I can do anything!
"Weren't So Bad What Used To Be"
Written by Mason Daring
Performed by Eula Lawrence See more