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Racing Lady (1937)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 29 January 1937 (USA)
In a film advertised and sold as a Damon Runyon story, but actually combined elements from his "All Scarlet" and another story written by J. Robert Bren and Norman Houston called "Odds Are ... See full summary »



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Tom Martin
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Alex Hill ...


In a film advertised and sold as a Damon Runyon story, but actually combined elements from his "All Scarlet" and another story written by J. Robert Bren and Norman Houston called "Odds Are Even", horse breeder Tom Martin, in a streak of bad luck, is persuaded by his daughter Doris to enter a mare in the feature race at the county fair. There, Martin rejects a tout's proposition to throw the race, and he also meets his old friends, the "Judge" and the "Warbler". The race starts and the mare, just short of reaching the wire and winning the race, is crowded into the rail and ruined as a racer. The Martins return home, where Ruth busies herself in training a colt, Katydid. She enters the horse in a claiming race at Santa Anita, where she gets lots of publicity as a novelty girl trainer.Wealthy, amateur horseman Steve Wendall offers her a job as trainer of his stable, but she refuses. Katydid wins but is claimed by Bradford, Wendall's trainer, on behalf of Wendall, who has done so simply ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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29 January 1937 (USA)  »

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All Scarlet  »

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(R C A Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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RKO's Cord convertible gets quite a bit of exposure in this one, much to the delight of classic car enthusiasts. See more »


Sweeter All the Time
(1937) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Andy Iona Long and Lysle Tomerlin
Written for the movie but not sung
Possibly played at the party
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Cliché Lady
16 June 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Racing Lady (1937)

** (out of 4)

Forgettable "B" picture from RKO about Ruth Martin (Ann Dvorak), a woman who plans to bring her father's (Harry Carey) racing stable back into power but finds herself hitting one hurdle after another. RACING LADY clocks in at 59-minutes so obviously you're not going to find any sort of character development or story that manages to do much. What we've basically got is a very predictable sports melodrama with all sorts of clichés that were already out-dated by 1937 standards. Even worse is that the screenplay really doesn't offer up anything new or original so all of these clichés just lead to a rather boring movie and even a slow one, which is really shocking considering how short this is. Dvorak brings some nice energy to her role and she tries her best to help keep the film moving but there's just nothing here for her to work with. Carey is good in his supporting bit as are Smith Ballew and Benrton Churchill but, again, they just don't have anything to work with. Hattie McDaniel and Willie Best are on hand delivering the type of good performances we expected of them but in the type of roles that really aren't that special. The film follows one predictable turn after another and the film is actually so lazy that they cut out any sort of story development in favor of title cards that move the action along.

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