6.4/10
365
14 user 5 critic

Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 3 December 1937 (USA)
Cricket West is a hopeful actress with a plan and a pair of vocal chords that bring down the house. Along with her eccentric aunt, she plays host to the local jockeys, whose leader is the ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (original story) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Musical | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Married coaches Slug and Bessie find hillbilly football tosser Amos and the team gets invited to the Yale Bowl.

Director: David Butler
Stars: Stuart Erwin, Patsy Kelly, Jack Haley
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Judy Bellaire, played by Judy Garland, is the center of trouble at her exclusive private and very conservative school. She is expelled when she starts singing in a Jazzy style in her music ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: Allan Jones, Judy Garland, Fanny Brice
Certificate: Passed Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Steve Raleight wants to produce a show on Broadway. He finds a backer, Herman Whipple and a leading lady, Sally Lee. But Caroline Whipple forces Steve to use a known star, not a newcomer. ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Robert Taylor, Eleanor Powell, George Murphy
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Andy's girlfriend Polly is planning to spend Christmas at her grandmother's, which puts a kink in his plans to take her to the country club Christmas party. He agrees (for a fee) to pretend... See full summary »

Director: George B. Seitz
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Lewis Stone
Babes in Arms (1939)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The struggle of two talented young artists, to make their own way in the show business.

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Charles Winninger
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Jimmy Connors and his girl-friend want to take part in Paul Whiteman's highschool's band contest, but they cannot afford the fare. But per chance the meet Paul Whiteman in person and are ... See full summary »

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Paul Whiteman and Orchestra
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Tommy Williams desperately wants to get to Broadway, but as he is only singing in a spaghetti house for tips he is a long way off. He meets Penny Morris, herself no mean singer, and through... See full summary »

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Fay Bainter
Girl Crazy (1943)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Rich kid Danny Churchill (Rooney) has a taste for wine, women and song, but not for higher education. So his father ships him to an all-male college out West where there's not supposed to ... See full summary »

Directors: Norman Taurog, Busby Berkeley
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Gil Stratton
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

With his high school graduation behind him, Andy Hardy decides that as an adult, it's time to start living his life. Judge Hardy had hoped that his son would go to college and study law, ... See full summary »

Director: George B. Seitz
Stars: Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland
Comedy | Musical | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

On a train trip West to become a mail order bride Susan Bradley meets a cheery crew of young women traveling out to open a " Harvey House " restaurant at a remote whistle stop to provide ... See full summary »

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, John Hodiak
Every Sunday (1936)
Short | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two teenage girls lend their fantastic singing voices to the cause when the city council threatens to replace the orchestra led by one girl's grandfather as the regular entertainment at the Sunday concert-in-the-park series.

Director: Felix E. Feist
Stars: Judy Garland, Deanna Durbin, Jack Lindquist
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Talented small-town girl Lily Mars hounds producer John Thornway for a part in his new play, but he doesn't want anything to do with stage-struck amateurs. But when Lily follows him to New ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Judy Garland, Van Heflin, Fay Bainter
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Cricket West
...
Timmie Donovan
...
Roger Calverton
...
Mother Ralph
...
Sir Peter Calverton
...
Wilkins
Charles D. Brown ...
Click Donovan (father)
...
'Dink' Reid
...
'Doc' Godfrey
...
Hilda
Edit

Storyline

Cricket West is a hopeful actress with a plan and a pair of vocal chords that bring down the house. Along with her eccentric aunt, she plays host to the local jockeys, whose leader is the cocky but highly skilled Timmie Donovan. When a young English gentleman comes to town convincing Donovan to ride his horse in a high stakes race, the plot breaks into a speeding gallop. Donovan is disqualified from racing, but Cricket springs into action and heads into the home stretch riding high! Written by Shawn Ashley

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Year's Greatest Heart-Story!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 December 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alarm op de renbaan  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

MGM's top juvenile actor of 1937, Freddie Bartholomew, had been announced to play Roger Calverton, but Freddie's Aunt Cissy (who also was his adopted mother) withdrew him before production started because of a contract dispute. In later years, Judy Garland would quip that Freddie really opted out because his voice was changing. See more »

Goofs

In the final race Frankie Darro is wearing no. 4 in the starting gate. Later in a close up he is wearing no. 7. Then at the finish he is again wearing no. 4. See more »

Quotes

Roger Calverton: I just had to come and tell you the news.
Wilkins: What news? What's happened?
Roger Calverton: Oh, nothing very much, just that we're going to America.
Wilkins: [excited] To America?
Roger Calverton: Yes, for the cup.
Wilkins: Are you sure?
Roger Calverton: We're practically on the boat. Isn't it spifflicating?
Wilkins: You've hit the nail on the head, that's just what it is: spifflicating.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

California, Here I Come
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Buddy G. DeSylva, Al Jolson and Joseph Meyer
Played as background music when the train leaves for California
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Interesting early Judy and Mickey vehicle
13 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not quite up to snuff with Judy's upcoming films, but she's still very good as a young girl living in a boarding house with horse jockeys. The main character in this film is actually Ronald Sinclair's as an English boy who has sailed ship to America with his family and his horse, Pooka. Ronald first sees Mickey at the race tracks and immediately admires him for his excellent racing abilities. He then goes over to the boarding house where Mickey and the other jockies and Judy stay. At first, Mickey and the other jockies really don't like him, ridicule him, and Mickey punches him in the eye. He only ends up trying to straighten out his attitude with Ronald, with Judy's persuance, due to Ronald's grandfather giving Mickey his prized horse stick. They start to become friends. Ronald really wants Mickey to ride Pooka in his next race. I won't say any more so not to spoil the plot. But there is tragedy in this film, some quirky moments, Judy starts to fall for Ronald. One scene with Judy talking to a negro stable worker may be taken as her talking to him in a rude and racist way, but he is also rude and unhelpful to her right from the start. But she still shouldn't have called him "boy". There is one very embarrassing scene, actually two. A very suggestive vision when Mickey and Ronald are riding the horse together, which I found quite disturbing and not funny, especially since this is a 1930s movie. This vision had to be unintentional since in the 1930s, directors just did not deliberately put these kinds of jokes into movies back then. The next scene, also uneasy, where Mickey is applying sports cream onto Ronald's upper thigh, after falling off the horse and hurting himself. Judy kept trying to come into the room singing, that I liked. Judy's great and she shows early signs of her brilliant singing voice in this film with her singing "got a pair of new shoes".

NEW NOTE: actually, I was not aware of Pre Code Hollywood in the 30s. And I wrote this review before I saw " Hollywood Party" and the girl's shower song in "Meet the Baron". So now, I believe that the suggested vision in " Thoroughbreds" may have been intentional. But even pre code Hollywood was far more innocent than today is.


0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?