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Pride of the Blue Grass (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 7 October 1939 (USA)
Based on the story of the steeplechase-winning blind jumping horse, Elmer Gantry aka Gantry the Great, owned by Eleanor Getzendaner. The horse plays himself.


(as William McGann)


(original screen play), (story "Gantry the Great")


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Complete credited cast:
Midge Griner
Danny Lowman
Col. Bob Griner
Dave Miller
Joe (as DeWolf Hopper)
Willie Hobson
Frederic Tozere ...
First Stranger (as Fred Tozere)
Second Stranger
Mack Lowman
Domino Jones (as Sam McDaniels)
Bernice Pilot ...
Walter Fenner ...
Secretary to Board of Stewards
Raymond Brown ...
Sheriff Adams
Lord Shropshire


The night that Mack Lowman's mare foals, the barn is struck by lightning, killing Mack, but Danny, his seventeen-year-old son escapes with the colt, Gantry the Great. Midge Griner gets Danny a job on the horse farm owned by her father, Colonel Bob Griner. Danny trains and rides Gantry to fame, but the horse goes blind in the Kentucky Derby, as the favorite, and pulls up and loses. Through a misunderstanding Danny is banned for a year. To recoup his and Gantry's honor, he enters the blind horse in the Aintree Grand National Steeplechase in England. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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7 October 1939 (USA)  »

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Steeplechase  »

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1.37 : 1
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Music by Stephen Foster
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Blind to the Blue
1 May 2009 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Race horses have been a subject for motion pictures since before there were motion pictures -- Eadward Muybridge's series of photos, meant to figure out how a horse runs, is considered an important datum in the movies' history. This story, about how a boy trained his blind horse to be a champion steeplechaser, has the added fillip of having the actual horse play himself.

But the story is given the B movie treatment and it shows great indication of having been cut down, past the fat into the muscle and perhaps the bone -- there's apparently a wonderful back story about the breakup of the juvenile's father and the stable owner, and a clear sense that he came to no good -- although exactly what he did is never made clear.

Nonetheless, in the context of a small budget, the actors do a fine job. Granville Bates, another actor with a familiar face usually relegated to uncredited roles or the cutting room floor, does a nice turn as the grouchy Colonel Griner, a role that could have been very monotonous.

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