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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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Complete credited cast:
Ruth Martin
Smith Ballew ...
Steven Wendel
Tom Martin
Berton Churchill ...
Frank M. Thomas ...
Ray Mayer ...
Willie Best ...
Harry Jans ...
Lew Payton ...
Harland Tucker ...
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 <>

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She knew about horse and learned about men...a queen in the sport of kings! See more »


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Release Date:

29 January 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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The Sport Of Kings Has A Princess
1 May 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Making generous use of newsreel footage of racetracks of the era, Racing Lady is the story of a woman entering the man's world of race horse training. The pioneer in this case is Ann Dvorak who comes by her interest naturally being raised by small time owner Harry Carey. It's in her blood.

Young and rich sportsman Smith Ballew claims Dvorak's horse, partly to get a winner, but also partly to gain her as a trainer. Dvorak and Ballew go through quite a rough patch before the film ends.

Stepping into a role that would normally go to someone like Raymond Walburn is Berton Churchill, a foxy fellow owner and quite the sportsman himself. Churchill is probably best known to today's audience as the stuffy banker/embezzler who was a passenger on John Ford's Stagecoach, but in Racing Lady he goes against type and quite successfully.

It's a B film without a terrible lot of production values, but Racing Lady is entertainment enough for those who follow the sport of kings.

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