"Wild Hearts Can't be Broken" is the kind of true-life triumph-over-tragedy film we expect to see on television instead of the big screen these days. It is a charmer, nonetheless.

In the early 1930s Sonora Webster (Gabrielle Anwar) is a troubled young orphan about to be sent away by the aunt who can no longer care for her. So she runs off to a carnival where she hopes to learn from Dr. Carver (Cliff Robertson, with gray beard and long hair, looking for all the world like Buffalo Bill Cody) how to ride his stunt horses, which dive from a 40-foot tower into a pool of water.

The first two-thirds of the film has Sonora pushing herself into Carver's life, getting her chance to ride and eventually becoming a star attraction in Atlantic City. She also finds time to fall in love with Carver's son (Michael Schoeffling).

Then, in the final act, tragedy strikes, which would prevent a lesser person from continuing this odd career. But Sonora is made of stronger stuff.

Certainly there aren't many movies about diving girls on horseback, which by itself is noteworthy. And if it's a bit too simplistic at times, "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken" is still enjoyable on its own terms.

It's also the first G-rated live-action film to come along in quite awhile.