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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:
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)


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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(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The first feature film in which Clark Gable received top billing even though he doesn't appear until almost halfway into the movie. 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: I could be crazy about you, Ruby.
Miss 'Missy' Ruby: I could like you too, Rick, but we'd be crazy if we did. The cards are stacked against us,
Warren 'Rid' Riddell: Yeah, I guess we need a new deal.
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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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A pleasant surprise
27 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

I recently caught this film on TCM during their celebration of Clark Gable as "Star of the Month" and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Good behind the scenes racing story, with the added attraction of a very young Clark Gable in his first top-billed role. Yes, the story is sentimental, but exceedingly well done, with excellent performances by all. But the best surprise of all is the treatment of the African American characters in the film. Considering the time period, all of the African Americans are treated as intelligent, thinking HUMAN beings, not as shuffling minstrel show caricatures. Why isn't this film better known? Catch it when you have the chance. Highly recommended!

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