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:
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)


Valued thoroughbred mare Southern Queen slips and falls in a mud puddle, breaking her leg. Before she is destroyed, she gives birth to Tommy Boy, who becomes the favorite of his owner, horse breeder Jim Rellence. Ultimately a reluctant Rellence is forced to sell the one-year old to a prominent sportsman, and Tommy enters the world of high stakes racing. He goes through a variety of owners, all of whom have their own selfish agenda for the horse. Ultimately he ends up with Ruby, the mistress of a murdered racketeer, who wants Tommy to fulfill his true potential as a stakes horse and enters him in the Kentucky Derby. Written by

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Drama | Romance | Sport






Release Date:

8 August 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vollblut  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


At Churchill Downs, the announcer credits Vice President Charles Curtis, who is clearly visible. See more »


When Southern Queen falls in the mud, a trip wire is clearly visible on the horse's hind leg. See more »


Preface: Since the beginning of Time the Horse has been Man's loyal friend... But Man has not always been the Friend the Horse has to Man...
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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 »


Remade as Sporting Blood (1940) See more »


My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night
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 movie is okay and provides some entertainment.
3 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sporting Blood is a movie best enjoyed by baby-boomers and possibly horse lovers with a passion for racing horses. I doubt that children would enjoy it at all. I watched this movie because of Clark Gable and for no other reason. I love Clark Gable and cannot objectively evaluate his acting ability. The movie is okay and provides some entertainment. The camera shots could be better and so could the editing and directing. The movie is slow and a bit flat. It is a good movie for either late night or a rainy afternoon. The movie puts me to sleep. However, it does have a story to tell. Bring your popcorn and coffee and enjoy the entertainment. It isn't that long a movie.

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