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Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937)

Passed  -  Comedy | Drama | Music  -  3 December 1937 (USA)
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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 »



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Complete credited cast:
Cricket West
Timmie Donovan
Mother Ralph
Sir Peter Calverton
Roger Calverton
Forrester Harvey ...
Charles D. Brown ...
'Click' Donovan
'Dink' Reid
Henry Kolker ...
'Doc' Godfrey
Helen Troy ...


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

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jockey | horse | english | heart attack | farce | See more »


Comedy | Drama | Music


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Release Date:

3 December 1937 (USA)  »

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Thoroughbreds Don't Cry  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film, the first of 10 to feature both Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, is also the only one in which she is billed ahead of him. See more »


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 »


Jim, Racetrack Usher: Listen here, lady, I'm the usher!
Mother 'Aunt Edie' Ralph: Well go on and ush!
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Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »


Got a Pair of New Shoes
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Played as background music and sung by Judy Garland during the opening credits
Played on piano and reprised by Judy Garland again
Played on guitar and reprised by Judy Garland once more
Played as background music at the end and sung again by Judy Garland
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Mickey & Judy Start Their Long Date
22 October 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Left insolvent in America by the death of his grandfather, a young English lad learns that THOROUGHBREDS DON'T CRY. Now it's time for his new buddies, an irrepressible girl & an excitable jockey, to help him make his race horse a winner.

This little film, with a horse race plot both contrived & convoluted, is mere entertainment fluff. Its real significance is that it was the first movie to co-star Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland. Rooney is hyper-energetic & Garland exhibits her wide-eyed exuberance; together they hint at much better films to come in the future. Ronald Sinclair receives equal billing with them, and he does a good job with his role, but up against the Dynamic Duo he never really stood a chance. His celebrity would prove to be rather transitory.

Forrester Harvey does fine in a small performance as a jolly horse trainer. Wonderful old Sir C. Aubrey Smith lends a touch of class to his role as an English gentleman. But it is the inimitable Sophie Tucker who steals the film as Garland's mother, a big sharp-tongued woman you wouldn't want to trifle with. For some unfathomable reason, the script gives her no chance to sing. Unbelievable! At the very least, a Tucker/Garland duet could have made the film truly memorable.

Movie mavens will recognize Lionel Belmore as a butler & Elisha Cook, Jr. as a jockey, both unbilled.

A `pookah', by the way, is an Irish ghost horse.

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