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Sporting Blood
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Release Date:
8 August 1931 (USA) See more »
The saga of thoroughbred Tommy Boy, born in a rain puddle, and his various owners as he evolves into a a champion stakes horse. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Clark Gable ... Warren 'Rid' Riddell

Ernest Torrence ... Mr. Jim Rellence

Madge Evans ... Miss 'Missy' Ruby

Lew Cody ... Tip Scanlon

Marie Prevost ... 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 ... Tommy Boy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Curtis ... Charles Curtis, Vice-President of the United States, at Kentucky Derby (archive footage)

Sidney Bracey ... The Tout (uncredited)

Lynton Brent ... Ticket Seller (uncredited)

Edward Brophy ... Newsreel Cameraman (uncredited)

Richard Cramer ... Charlie, a Gambling Mobster (uncredited)
James Donlan ... Jim, a Trainer (uncredited)
Harry Holman ... B.H. 'Jerry' Hartwick (uncredited)

Tenen Holtz ... Gus, Bald Gambling Mobster (uncredited)
Gertrude Howard ... Aunt Glory, Jim's Cook (uncredited)

Bradley Page ... Eddie Frazier (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Stud Poker Player (uncredited)

Buddy Roosevelt ... Casino Stickman (uncredited)

Phillips Smalley ... Racing Fan at Latonia (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Brabin 
Writing credits
Frederick Hazlitt Brennan (story "Horseflesh")

Charles Brabin (screenplay) &
Willard Mack (screenplay) and
Wanda Tuchock (screenplay)

Cinematography by
Harold Rosson 
Film Editing by
William S. Gray (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Dolly Tree (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert A. Golden .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director (uncredited)
Music Department
William Axt .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hugo Frey .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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82 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)
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Some of the location shots are clearly out of focus, but for whatever reason, they were obviously not reshot. MGM under production chief Irving Thalberg was noted for his use of retakes, so this is an unusual situation.See more »
Continuity: As Ernest Torrence is sitting and negotiating for the sale of Tommy Boy, his pipe switches from his left to right hand and his julep switches from right to left.See more »
Uncle Ben:Mr. Rellece, you like to make believe you ain't got no heart for horses, but I knows you. You loves that little colt.
Mr. Jim Rellence:Oh, quit your gabbin'. Did I ever say I was gonna sell 'im?
Uncle Ben:No, sir, you sure did not, and if ever you did, I ain't ever heard yuh.
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Movie Connections:
Remade as Sporting Blood (1940)See more »
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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A pleasant surprise, 27 November 2004
Author: Lydcaro

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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