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Little Miss Thoroughbred (1938)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 4 June 1938 (USA)
A young orphan girl wants a small-time gambler to be her father.

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Janet Chapman ...
Eric Stanley ...
Colonel Whitcomb
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Police Officer Pat O'Reilly
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Mr. Becker, the Gambler (as Charles Wilson)
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Jim aka Slug, Becker's Henchman
Jean Benedict ...
Sister Margaret
Maureen Roden-Ryan ...
Sister Patricia (as Maureen Rodin-Ryan)
Lottie Williams ...
Mother Superior
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First Intern at General Hospital
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District Attorney Sheridan
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Judge Stanhope
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Mrs. Katie O'Reilly (as Dorothy Vaughn)
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"Nails" Morgan and his buddy Todd Harrington are following the racing from track-to-track across the country when Morgan suddenly finds himself "adopted" by a six-year-old orphan, Janet Smith. Janet has run away from an orphanage in search of a dream-father and Morgan meets her requirements. In the things she says and does, the superstitious Morgan finds betting hunches that pay off. After sneaking her back to the orphanage, he decides she is his meal-ticket and kidnaps her. Not knowing the circumstances, an Irish cop forces Morgan to marry his sweetheart, Madge Perry, in order to give Janet a legitimate father. Following the race season to the California tracks they acquire ownership of a horse, a big bankroll...and some misfortune in the form of a federal court-trial as kidnappers of the child. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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4 June 1938 (USA)  »

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Little Lady Luck  »

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Film debut of Janet Chapman. See more »

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When the police car pulls away to chase Nails and Tod who are following an ambulance, studio lights and a silhouette of a crew member are seen in reflection on the polished trunk lid of the car and the boom microphone is visible reflected in the rear window. See more »

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Thoroughly Enjoyable
1 June 2001 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

Little Miss Thoroughbred is a nice little film with an absolutely adorable performance by Janet Chapman (qv) as the title character.

Movies with children this young run the risk of being too cutesy, but to her credit little Miss Chapman keeps her performance on the positive side.

This movie was on my to-watch list because of Ann Sheridan (qv) and, as usual, she doesn't disappoint. As talented as she is beautiful, Miss Sheridan makes any movie worth watching and she does a nice job working with Miss Chapman.

If you don't mind the whole using-a-kid-to-win-at-the-races angle, then I'm sure you'll find this movie Thoroughly enjoyable. (Pun intended :-)


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