While steaming from Honolulu to Los Angeles the owner of a prize racehorse headed for the Santa Anita Handicap is killed, apparently kicked to death by his stallion. Not so, deduces Charlie. Later he exposes efforts to fix a race at the famous track. Written by
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When the climactic race begins, only half of the horses announced (Gringo, Wild Bill, Shrapnel, Gallant Lad, Golden Fleece, Elsie Lee, Avalanche, Hold Away) match the names seen earlier on the odds board (Golden Fleece, Money Maker, Shrapnel, Blue Boy, Court Jester, Gallant Lad, Avalanche, Pico). See more »
Gee, Pop, what are you always stopping me for? Why don't you give me a chance to clean up this case for you?
Foolish rooster who stick head in lawnmower end in stew.
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Avalanche (a race horse owned by Major Gordon Kent is given to George Chester as a wedding gift for marrying his daughter, Catherine) is racing in the Melbourne Sweepstakes when he is disqualified after his jockey, Tip Collins, fouls another horse. Kent suspects that Collins was part of a gambling ring, and plans to press charges and go after the ring's higher-ups upon return to the US, but is found dead in Avalanche's stall during the voyage. Charlie believes that Avalanche is not the murder when he finds a piece of the ship's winch. Since Avalanche is entered in Santa Juanita Handicap (in Los Angeles), Charlie (along with son, Lee) decide to complete the ocean voyage hoping to get the killer, who has been sending threatening notes to persons involved in the case (Chester, sportsman Fenton, gambler Barton, and Rogers- Kent's assistant). The killer also starts a small fire in the stable, proving that he could kill Avalanche when he wanted to, and when the ship docks, Avalanche appears to be acting strange- is this a plan of the killer, the gambling ring, or both? Okay entry in the series hampered by the number of characters and suspects which are hard to keep track of since they come and go so quickly which out introduced well or contributing to the plot. The script also seemed so-so, with little emphasis on the mystery or suspense element of the movie as compared to the previous entries, and also had difficulty bridging the scenes together. Rating, 5.
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