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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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Complete credited cast:
Warren 'Rid' Riddell
Ernest Torrence ...
Mr. Jim Rellence
Miss 'Missy' Ruby
Lew Cody ...
Tip Scanlon
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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Curtis ...
Himself, Vice-President of the United States, at Kentucky Derby (archive footage)


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 <>

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Drama | Romance | Sport






Release Date:

8 August 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sporting Blood  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Sporting Blood (1931) was inspired by a true-life story wherein Arnold Rothstein, the gambler racketeer infamous for the 1919 Black Sox Scandal (see Eight Men Out (1988)), entered his horse Sporting Blood in the 1921 Travers Stakes at Saratoga. Sporting Blood was initially the second favorite at 5-2 behind the filly Prudery, the 1-4 favorite. Then legendary trainer Sam Hildreth entered his best runner Grey Lag, who became the immediate favorite with Prudery the second favorite and Sporting Blood the third favorite at 3-1. Thirty minutes before the race Hildreth scratched Grey Lag with no explanation. The favorite money then switched to Prudery while Sporting Blood remained at 3-1. Sure enough, Sporting Blood won and Rothstein collected $500,000 in both prize money and, mostly, from the $150,000 he'd bet here and there. It seems that Rothstein had heard just before the race that Prudery was having "female problems." Both Rothstein and Hildreth were accused of colluding but nothing could be proved. In any event, Rothstein soon sold his horses and never owned another horse again. He was later shot dead in 1928 over a crooked poker game in which he'd lost $320,000 but refused to pay. See more »


Before the shot of the dead Southern Queen fades out, her right ear can be seen flicking once. See more »


Warren 'Rid' Riddell: [Seeing Ruby taking a drink out of a flask in the back of Scanlon's limo] Aw, don't do that, Ruby!
Miss 'Missy' Ruby: Why not?
Warren 'Rid' Riddell: I hate to see anyone hit the hootch the way you do.
Miss 'Missy' Ruby: You don't know how bad I need this drink.
Warren 'Rid' Riddell: It's not good medicine.
Miss 'Missy' Ruby: It is for what ails me.
Warren 'Rid' Riddell: What's that?
Miss 'Missy' Ruby: You.
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Crazy Credits 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 »


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


The Stars and Stripes Forever
Written by John Philip Sousa
Played by the band at the Kentucky Derby
Reprised by the band after the race
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Fast start, sloppy finish
2 July 2003 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

The first part of this movie, about the birth and rearing of "Tommy Boy", is pretty good, if a tad sentimental. Ernest Torrence does his usual excellent job. In the second half, Tommy Boy leaves the farm and falls in with bad companions, and the whole thing degenerates into into bad soap opera. The camerawork is erratic: the shots in the field were apparently shot MOS and look pretty good, but the second half becomes stage bound.

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