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Wine, Women and Horses (1937)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance, Sport  |  11 September 1937 (USA)
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Gamblers Jim Turner and Valarie part company in Chicago and agree to meet at Saratoga with Jim stopping off at Barrowville en route. There, Jim meets George Mayhew and Eight Ball, a ... See full summary »

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Gamblers Jim Turner and Valarie part company in Chicago and agree to meet at Saratoga with Jim stopping off at Barrowville en route. There, Jim meets George Mayhew and Eight Ball, a barbershop bootblack, and replenishes his bankroll gambling on pitching horseshoes. George's mother and his sister Marjorie run a boarding house and Jim goes there to live. George and Jim go to Bellport Park and meet "Broadway", owner of "Lady Luck", a thoroughbred race horse. Jim bets on the horse and wins heavily. He falls in love with Marjorie and wins her away from Preston Barrow when he forswears gambling and promises to get a $20-per-week job which represents Peggy's idea of respectability. Christmas Eve, 1934, finds Jim a night clerk in a small Chicago hotel, playing the horses only on paper for his amusement. Jim is given some money by Joe, a pal of gambler/race horse owner Jed Bright, in appreciation for a racing tip he had given. Jim had planned on sending the money to Marjorie's needy mother but... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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IT'S PACED TO THE BEAT OF YOUR HEART! They lived and loved as they gambled...recklessly! See more »

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Remake of Dark Hazard (1934) See more »

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With Plenty of Money and You
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Barton MacLane in the car
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From Dogs To Horses
26 July 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

More than any other studio Warner Brothers loved remaking their old films, especially after the Code went into place when they could recycle the plots and make more of a G rated version of the same film. That's what was done to Edward G. Robinson's Dark Hazard remade in this case to Wine, Women, and Horses. That last part was the change as the Robinson film centered around dog racing.

Barton MacLane steps into the lead as a unregenerate gambling man who likes all the things in the title, not necessarily in that order all the time. This man bets on everything from horses to horseshoes. After winning a match from Dick Purcell, but feeling sorry for him, Purcell takes him home to meet his sister Peggy Bates. The two hit it off and MacLane tries to reform, but it just isn't in his nature. Especially after MacLane's old girlfriend Ann Sheridan steps into the picture.

Wine, Women, and Horses is a decently made product from Warner Brothers B picture unit under Bryan Foy who cast his brother Charley in one of the supporting roles. MacLane who was usually a nasally voiced thug in films whether a bad guy or an occasional good guy is cast in one of the few sympathetic parts I ever saw him in back in the studio days. He does love Bates, but the gambling urge is too strong in him.

One reason this film is not shown that often is the many casual references in racist terminology to black players in the film. Not unfriendly mind you, but in casual conversation.

The racetrack atmosphere is authentic with newsreel footage mixed into the movie. The film is also one big commercial for the fairly new Santa Anita racetrack only open for a few seasons at that point. If you can stomach the casual racism than Wine, Women And Horses is not a bad film.


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