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Sporting Blood (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 8 August 1931 (USA)
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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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

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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Drama | Romance | Sport

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8 August 1931 (USA)  »

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Vollblut  »

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(Western Electric System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In her Film Fan Monthly 1972 interview by Leonard Maltin, Madge Evans gives this testimony about how the movie was made: "While he (Gable) was making SUSAN LENOX and I was making GUILTY HANDS, we worked on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays making SPORTING BLOOD. All the long shots for that film were done by doubles they took down to Kentucky." 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

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 »

Connections

Remade as Sporting Blood (1940) 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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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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