Going Places (1938)

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A sports store clerk poses as a famous jockey as an advertising stunt, but gets more than he bargained for.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Mason
Ellen Parker
Jack Withering
Walter Catlett ...
Franklin Dexter
Harold Huber ...
Larry Williams ...
Thurston Hall ...
Col. Withering
Minna Gombell ...
Cora Withering (as Minna Gombel)
Robert Warwick ...
John Ridgely ...
Desk Clerk
Joe Cunningham ...
Night Clerk
Groom (as Eddie Anderson)
George Reed ...


Mr. Mason is a salesman at Detridge & Frome who wants to advertise their line of riding clothes. Since they have the rights to famous jockey Peter Randall, who is in Australia, Peter will impersonate him at the Steeple Chase. At the event, he is invited to a party by Cora and sees young Ellen. Since all Ellen and Peter have in common is horses, he continues the charade to woo her. But two gamblers named Maxie and Duke, try to make money on the race by fixing him up with the wild 'Jeepers Creepers'. That horse can jump high and run like the wind, but he will only calm down enough to be ridden when Gabriel plays his trumpet. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Two cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Sidney Bracey (Cooper) and Frank Mayo (Flagman). Although a flagman is seen from the rear at the detour sign, he is not identifiable. See more »


Ellen Parker: [running towards her horse's stall] There's Lady Ellen! Hello there, girl-how are you?
[to Peter]
Ellen Parker: She's my pet - was named after me.
Peter Mason: Oh, that's nice.
Ellen Parker: Isn't she lovely? Look at her coloring!
Peter Mason: [looking at Ellen] Lovely coloring...
Ellen Parker: And such soulful eyes.
Peter Mason: [still looking at Ellen] Beautiful hair...
Ellen Parker: Hair? Are you talking about the mane?
Peter Mason: Oh, oh, the mane! Oh, yes, I should remember the Maine.
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DIck Powell at his best
12 January 2007 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

GOING PLACES is a slight comedy about horse racing that features a terrific cast of supporting players, many of them like Walter Catlett and Thurston Hall some of the best characters actors ever seen on screen. Powell, in his pre-hardboiled detective days, plays a store clerk who poses as a jockey for promotional reasons among the horse set in Maryland. Catlett is his co-worker who poses as his valet. Much identify confusion and merriment ensue, with several musical interludes, the most memorable being Mr. Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong debuting the classic number, JEEPERS CREEPERS, which in the movie is the name of a cantankerous race horse the horse-shy Powell ends up riding. This sort of film and in some cases the exact same plot had been done before and would be done again many times, with better known names like Bob Hope, Abbott and Costello and The Marx Brothers. Horse racing was at its most popular in the 1930s and '40s, only to quickly decline in the TV era. The highlight of the movie is an amusing musical number called "Charlie the Horse" sung in four-part harmony by Powell, Catlett and two silly thugs who are pushing the horse-hating Powell to race. It may remind some of something out of GUYS AND DOLLS.

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