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The Great Mike (1944)

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Story of a boy and his horse. Mike is the horse and is owned by Speck (Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer) and his best friend Jimmy (Rober "Buzz" Henry), together they have a paper route, on which ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Jay Spencer
Robert 'Buzz' Henry ...
Jimmy Dolan
Edythe Elliott ...
Mrs. Dolan
Pierre Watkin ...
Col. Whitley
Gwen Kenyon ...
Erin Dolan
Bob Meredith ...
William 'Sandy' McKay
William Halligan ...
Doc Scott
Lane Chandler ...
Sam Hildur
Marion Martin ...
Kitty Tremaine
Ed Cassidy ...
Dr. Pronnett
Eddie Rocco ...
Bill Slagle
Charles King ...
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Leon Tyler ...


Story of a boy and his horse. Mike is the horse and is owned by Speck (Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer) and his best friend Jimmy (Rober "Buzz" Henry), together they have a paper route, on which they deliver papers to customers via a wagon pulled by Mike. Recenlty a horse track has been built in the area and attracts horse breeder and racer Colonel Whiteny (Pierre Watkin). He takes out a subscription for delivery and meets Mike and Speck & Jimmy. Clever Jimmy talks both the Colonel and Speck into taking on the Colonel's pure bred race horses at the track with comedic results. Written by SindyMac

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horse | horse racing | dog


Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

15 November 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Great Mike Wins  »

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| (TV) (edited)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Re-titled, and edited down to less than thirty minutes, it was sold to television in the early 1950's as part of a syndicated half hour package. See more »


The two horse-races shown in the film use the same stock footage. This is especially noticeable as the winning horse crosses the finishing line. See more »


Edited into The Our Gang Story (1994) See more »

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A boy, a horse, and a dog, what more do you need for kid's picture
23 February 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I just a rather badly butchered version of The Great Mike, a film with a horse racing setting and it's about young Buzz Henry and his dog Corky and his horse Mike which he uses to drive a cart to deliver newspapers.

But the horse is a thoroughbred which was gotten rid of in a fire sale so to speak and has never run. The Great Mike shows his stuff one day against some race horses and it's enough to impress trainer Stu Erwin and owner Pierre Watkin. They take an interest in the horse, the boy, and of course the dog which is a beloved stablemate of the horse. In fact the horse grieves when the dog's not around and that's a big part of the plot of this film.

It's a PRC release and done on the cheap, the production values are nil. But it is a sincere film, all the clichés that one expects in these films are here. But I happen to be a sucker for films with a racetrack setting and we do get to see Santa Anita in its early years.

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