The first documented telecasts of this film occurred in New York City Saturday 18 November 1944 on NBC's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1), and Monday 21 October 1946 on the Dumont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5), in Los Angeles Sunday 9 May 1948 on Dumont's KTLA (Channel 5), in Baltimore Saturday 5 June 1948 on WBAL (Channel 11), and in Chicago Saturday 24 July 1948 on WGN (Channel 9). See more »
The Long Shot is a not bad racetrack story which was an independent production released by Grand National Studios. Had this film been done at a major studio with some name stars it might well have become a classic.
Some major players have some roles here like kindly Harry Davenport whose horses have been losing as often as Bing Crosby's if you listened to Bob Hope's monologues back in the day. But there's a reason for it, he's being systematically being victimized as another owner C. Henry Gordon has ruthlessly bribed the jockeys on Davenport's horses and others including young Gordon Jones who likes Davenport's daughter Marsha Hunt.
Gordon's machinations are not just involving the sport of kings. He's got designs on Hunt as well in true Snidely Whiplash tradition.
But the good guys get themselves an equine secret weapon and there's quite a plot hatched against Gordon in the big Santa Anita Handicap. For that you have to see the film.
Nice racing newsreels worked into the story here and the cast is a good one. The Long Shot is a good film and one that those who like the sport of kings will be pleased with.
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