MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 43,381 this week

Maryland (1940)

 -  Drama  -  19 July 1940 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 54 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 3 critic

A woman tormented by the hunting death of her husband forbids her son to have anything to do with horses. But when he falls for the daughter of his father's trainer, he defies his mother by entering the Maryland Hunt.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available now. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 40 titles
created 16 Aug 2013
 
a list of 32 titles
created 25 Sep 2013
 
list image
a list of 9998 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 1311 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 34 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Maryland" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Maryland (1940)

Maryland (1940) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Maryland.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When American newspaperman and adventurer Henry M. Stanley comes back from the western Indian wars, his editor James Gordon Bennett sends him to Africa to find Dr. David Livingstone, the ... See full summary »

Directors: Henry King, Otto Brower
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Nancy Kelly, Richard Greene
Marie Galante (1934)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Marie is kidnapped and taken aboard ship, then thrown off at Yucatan. She winds up singing in a café in the Panama Canal zone. There she gets involved in a plot to destroy the canal and runs into American intelligence officer Crawbett.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Ketti Gallian, Ned Sparks
Untamed (1955)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When the great potato famine hits Ireland, the diaspora begins as thousands emigrate. Among those leaving the Emerald Isle is Katie O'Neill and her husband, who decide that the promised ... See full summary »

Director: Henry King
Stars: Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward, Richard Egan
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits.

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster
Jesse James (1939)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After railroad agents forcibly evict the James family from their family farm, Jesse and Frank turn to banditry for revenge.

Directors: Henry King, Irving Cummings
Stars: Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Nancy Kelly
Star Dust (1940)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Carolyn Sayres gets a Hollywood contract from talent scout Brooke but is later rejected because she's too young. She falls in love with Bud Borden, another contractee who helps her to ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Linda Darnell, John Payne, Roland Young
Carolina (1934)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

During Civil War Reconstruction, the Connelly family is romantically restored to their former glory when Will Connelly marries a Yankee farm girl, Joanna Tate, despite the objects of his ... See full summary »

Director: Henry King
Stars: Janet Gaynor, Lionel Barrymore, Robert Young
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A car plunging over a cliff kills its two occupants identified as newspaperman Lewis Forrester and actress Alison Ford (Terry Moore). Surviving Lewis are his two brothers, Tim (Robert ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Green
Stars: Terry Moore, Robert Beatty, William Sylvester
Way Down East (1935)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A family living on a farm in Maine takes in a young woman to stay with them, not knowing that the woman is not quite what she seems and has a secret in her past that she hasn't told them about.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Rochelle Hudson, Henry Fonda, Slim Summerville
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Henry King
Stars: Janet Gaynor, Warner Baxter, Walter Woolf King
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A half-caste British officer in 19th-century India battles the prejudices of both his Army colleagues and the local populace while trying to help put down a rebellion led by a greedy local ruler.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Tyrone Power, Terry Moore, Michael Rennie
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: George Brent, Olivia de Havilland, Claude Rains
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Fay Bainter ...
Brenda Joyce ...
...
...
...
Marjorie Weaver ...
...
Ben Carter ...
Ernest Whitman ...
Paul Harvey ...
Spencer Charters ...
Edit

Storyline

A woman tormented by the hunting death of her husband forbids her son to have anything to do with horses. But when he falls for the daughter of his father's trainer, he defies his mother by entering the Maryland Hunt.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

RACING HEARTS, POUNDING HOOFS, EYE-POPPING, EXCITING DRAMA...IN TECHNICOLOR! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 July 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De la misma sangre  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First film role for Robert J. Anderson. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Uneven horse-racing film with large black cast
20 June 2010 | by (Bronx, NY) – See all my reviews

MARYLAND (1940) is a 20th Century Fox horse-racing drama shot in three-strip Technicolor and set in the title state. Its first scenes take place after WWI, but about a third of the way in, it shifts to 1940, the time it was made, when one of the protagonists is first seen as an adult. It's a follow-up of sorts to KENTUCKY (1938), another Technicolor racing story made by Fox, which had far more action and drama and a spectacular Kentucky Derby finale. Walter Brennan plays crusty old horse experts in both films. None of the white characters in MARYLAND have recognizable southern accents, while the black characters all speak in an exaggerated black dialect as if this was the Antebellum South of 1840 and not 1940, the era of Paul Robeson, Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. DuBois and the NAACP. It's been a long time since I've seen a film with such an abundance of "I is," "I does" and "I'se gwine" in the dialogue.

There are a number of prominent black actors in the film, including Hattie McDaniel, Ben Carter, Ernest Whitman, Clarence Muse, Darby Jones, and Madame Sul-Te-Wan (who'd appeared in D.W. Griffith's BIRTH OF A NATION—talk about Antebellum films!), but they all play stereotyped roles of one sort or another. McDaniel, fresh off her Oscar win for GONE WITH THE WIND, spends most of her time in the kitchen. Her husband in the film, Shadrach (Carter), has a weakness for shooting craps thanks to the temptations offered by local no-account layabout Dogface (Whitman) who pops up and rattles dice in Shadrach's ear at inopportune moments. At one point, owing money to Dogface, who threatens him with a knife, Shadrach goes to church with his wife and winds up giving himself to Jesus after a fire-and-brimstone sermon by the preacher (Muse). So moved by the spirit is he that Shadrach is even about to confess his fling with Maybelle, a local hottie in the church congregation, but stops short. Shadrach says, "Sista' Maybelle, Ah don't know what ta say," to which Maybelle responds, "Then don't say it. Ah forgives you," adding, with a knowing smile that tells us all we need to know, "Ain't that enough?" (Maybelle is played by Arie Lee Branche, an actress previously unfamiliar to me who makes quite an impression.) The fling eventually comes up in the climactic courtroom battle in which Shadrach's testimony will determine whether a prize horse will be allowed to enter the big race or not.

This whole aspect of the plot—a glimpse into a black world that exists side-by-side but quite apart from white society and offers up its own layers of melodramatics—makes the film much more interesting than it would have been without it, stereotypes or not. And the implied adultery would probably have been diluted by the censors if it had involved white characters.

Second-billed Fay Bainter plays "Miss Charlotte," the widow who gives up horses after her husband is killed in a fall from one. Fourth-billed John Payne plays her son, who wants to take up where his father left off, much against his mother's will. Third-billed Brenda Joyce (the future Jane in RKO's Tarzan films) plays Brennan's granddaughter and Payne's sweetheart. None of these characters are at all well-etched and Bainter's overacting and her character's condescension serve to distance the audience from her. Walter Brennan is top-billed as a veteran horse trainer who'd once worked for Charlotte. He'd won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in KENTUCKY, in which he gave a shrill performance as a cantankerous octogenarian. His performance in MARYLAND is less showy, more modulated, and far more interesting. The other significant characters in MARYLAND are played by the aforementioned black actors.

The slim plot of MARYLAND revolves around the lineage of a horse and whether or not Payne will ride him in the big race or not. After the early fox hunt in which Charlotte's husband has the fatal fall, there's no horse action until the race finale. Hard to believe one of Fox's top directors, Henry King, would have been assigned such a weak script, especially after JESSE JAMES, his big hit of 1939. KENTUCKY, directed by David Butler, was a much more engaging film that opened with a compelling 13-minute prologue set during the Civil War before jumping to the present (1938) and focusing on two young people from long-feuding horse-racing families who train a horse together and fall in love. It has its black stereotypes as well, but the actors have a little more fun with their roles, especially Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, who does a brief bit of soft-shoe with Walter Brennan in one stable scene.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Searching for copy of Maryland for my Dad mrpweman
vhs copy of Maryland ccsampson
Looking for a copy warodge
Airing on Fox Movie Channel in June 2010 reporterdan66
Maryland 1940 movie cuttingeack
Discuss Maryland (1940) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page