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Sporting Blood (1931)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance | Sport  -  8 August 1931 (USA)
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The saga of thoroughbred Tommy Boy, born in a rain puddle, and his various owners as he evolves into a a champion stakes horse.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Warren 'Rid' Riddell
Ernest Torrence ...
Mr. Jim Rellence
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Miss 'Missy' Ruby
Lew Cody ...
Tip Scanlon
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Angela 'Angie' Ludeking
Hallam Cooley ...
Bill Ludeking
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
MacGuire (as J. Farrell McDonald)
John Larkin ...
Uncle Ben
Eugene Jackson ...
Sam 'Sammy'
Tommy Boy ...
Himself, a Horse
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Charles Curtis ...
Himself, Vice-President of the United States, at Kentucky Derby (archive footage)
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Storyline

Gambler Rid Riddell wins a racehorse, Tommy Boy, on a bet. Rid consistently wins with the horse in both honestly and dishonestly run races. But before long, Tommy Boy wins a race he wasn't supposed to, and the mob is after Rid. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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8 August 1931 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the location shots are clearly out of focus, but for whatever reason, they were obviously not reshot. MGM under production chief Irving Thalberg was noted for his use of retakes, so this is an unusual situation. See more »

Goofs

The medium shots and close-ups of Uncle Ben bottle-feeding the young colt Tommy Boy don't match. See more »

Quotes

Uncle Ben: Mr. Rellece, you like to make believe you ain't got no heart for horses, but I knows you. You loves that little colt.
Mr. Jim Rellence: Oh, quit your gabbin'. Did I ever say I was gonna sell 'im?
Uncle Ben: No, sir, you sure did not, and if ever you did, I ain't ever heard yuh.
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Crazy Credits

...to Man-O'-War, Zev, Crusader, Fair Play, Gallant Fox, Twenty-Grand and all the heroes of the turf and track, this record is reverently dedicated. See more »

Connections

Featured in Clark Gable: Tall, Dark and Handsome (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night
(1853)
Written by Stephen Foster
In the score for the opening scene at Jim's horse farm
Reprised in the score when Tommy Boy leaves the farm
Reprised in the score when Tommy Boy returns to the farm
Reprised in the score at the end
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The Love Of A Woman And A Horse
4 May 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In the very first film in which he received top billing, Clark Gable plays a gambler, no better than he ought to be, who by a variety of circumstances gets ownership along with Madge Evans of his late boss's prize thoroughbred. Lew Cody who played the boss departed this life abruptly and Gable and Evans are left with Kentucky Derby contender Tommy Boy.

In fact the horse is the star of the film with Tommy Boy being born in a thunderstorm where his mother is trapped in mud on Ernest Torrance's farm. Next to the horse the Scotch born Torrance who conveys a real love of the breed and sport is the most memorable in the film. Gable doesn't even appear until the film is half way over.

Some black players got a lot of work from this film and the usual racial stereotyping abounds. Still these people who are grooms, stable boys, exercise riders, etc. are the backbone of the racing industry and they're there also for love of the sport and atmosphere thereof.

The inevitable which is expected actually happens, the goal of everyone who is involved in thoroughbred racing. But the trip in Sporting Blood is a nice one as Tommy Boy foils the machinations of many greedy humans. You have to see how he does it..


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