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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:
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Ernest Torrence ...
Mr. Jim Rellence
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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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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 duke1029@aol.com

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Trivia

Racing scenes at Churchill Downs (the Kentucky Derby) and at Latonia were taken from archive footage. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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

...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 »

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Remade as Sporting Blood (1940) See more »

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The Stars and Stripes Forever
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Written by John Philip Sousa
Played by the band at the Kentucky Derby
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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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