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King of the Turf (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 17 February 1939 (USA)
Mason is a former race-horse owner who gave up everything and started to drink after the death of one of his jockeys. One day he meets Goldie who has run away from home, hoping to find a ... See full summary »

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Robert Barnes
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Arnold
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Murphy
Lee Moore ...
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Taylor
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Mason is a former race-horse owner who gave up everything and started to drink after the death of one of his jockeys. One day he meets Goldie who has run away from home, hoping to find a job around horses; his biggest hobby. When he finds out the real identity of Mason, Goldie takes care of him. The two find an occasion to buy a horse for only two dollars, and start entering competitions. Goldie is an instant celebrity, but his mom reads the newspapers and tracks him down. Mason is very surprised to see her, his ex-wife, and even more astonished to hear that Goldie is his own son. However, Goldie must go back to school and so they decide to keep the secret. Since Goldie does not want to leave Mason behind, he goes to the bookies and fixes the next race, hoping to disappoint Goldie by asking him to lose on purpose. Written by Elif Rongen-Kaynakci

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Milton Bradley Company released a board game called King of the Turf, with graphics on the box stating it is "based on the motion picture 'King of the Turf,' an Edward Small production starring Adolphe Menjou with Roger Daniel as 'Goldie.'" See more »

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Sentimental film is saved by Menjou's powerful screen presence
27 October 2000 | by (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This film suffers from not so well written and too sentimental dialogues. Although the improbabilities within the plot are quite acceptable given the melodramatic cliche's, some of the scenes that should have been the most important ones, get so sentimental that they make you feel uneasy. One big question for me left unanswered throughout the picture; why does Goldie not want to go back home? Anyway, the presence of Menjou is rather impressive and he really carries the whole story which otherwise would be uninteresting.


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