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Stablemates (1938)

Approved | | Drama, Sport | 7 October 1938 (USA)
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Doc Thomas 'Tom' Terry
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Michael 'Mickey'
Arthur Hohl ...
Mr. Gale
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Beulah Flanders
Minor Watson ...
Barney Donovan
Marjorie Gateson ...
Mrs. Shepherd
Oscar O'Shea ...
Pete Whalen
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Pat West ...
First Railbird (scenes deleted)
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Compagnons d'infortune  »

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 31, 1941 with Mickey Rooney and Wallace Beery reprising their film roles. See more »

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Doc Thomas 'Tom' Terry: Shut up! Shut up!
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Opening credits are shown over drawings of horses on a racetrack. See more »

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Featured in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic (1990) See more »

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When You Wore a Tulip
Music by Percy Wenrich (1924)
Lyrics by Jack Mahoney
Sung by Wallace Beery and others at the songfest
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Highly effective schmaltz and one of Beery's best.
10 December 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Stablemates" is a very schmaltzy and formulaic film--there's really no getting around that. Like nearly all of Wallace Beery films, he plays a lovable rogue who eventually redeems himself. You also KNOW how the film is going to end shortly after the film begins. And, there is sentiment galore! Yet, despite all this, it's a dandy film--one of the best horse films you can find.

While I mentioned Beery, the star of the film is Mickey Rooney who plays, not surprisingly, Mickey! Mickey has no family and his greatest live is to hang around the horse track. And, of all the horses, he adores 'Lady Q'--a horse who he believes in, though hardly anyone else does. In fact, the horse's owner is planning on having him put down and Mickey begs the guy to give him the horse in lieu of what he owes Mickey in salary. The short-sighted owner agrees. However, with absolutely no money and an injured horse, what is he to do? Well, he soon meets up with a slippery character, Tom (Beery) and it seems obvious to everyone that Tom is no good. But, Mickey soon comes to believe in him--especially after Tom operates on the horse and saves her. But Tom acts VERY cagey about all this. It's obvious he's a vet but strongly denies it. What gives?! In the meantime, Tom and Mickey become like father and son. Can Mickey stand to learn the truth about Tom? And, can Lady Q win the big race? As I said, this is a formulaic and predictable picture. Yet, because the script is lovely and the acting so nice (particularly Rooney's) you cannot help but believe in them and root for the characters. It's a film that I liked despite all its flaws. A wonderful family picture.


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