MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 12,903 this week

Salty O'Rourke (1945)

 -  Drama  -  24 March 1947 (Sweden)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 111 users  
Reviews: 3 user

Salty owes money to Doc Baxter; he and his pal Smitty have one month to pay up. They get a race horse and a disbarred jockey, Johnny Cates, who must fake his identity to race. Johnny and ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

Best known for his work on "Star Trek," actor and director Leonard Nimoy died on Friday in Los Angeles. Read our full story on his varied career, and view our memorial photo gallery.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 96 titles
created 13 Feb 2011
 
VHS
a list of 84 titles
created 15 Sep 2012
 
a list of 1074 titles
created 18 Jun 2013
 
a list of 416 titles
created 06 Feb 2014
 
a list of 82 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Salty O'Rourke" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Salty O'Rourke (1945)

Salty O'Rourke (1945) 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 Salty O'Rourke.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

China (1943)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

During the Japanese invasion of China, a cynical, macho profiteer meets a compassionate, beautiful schoolteacher.

Director: John Farrow
Stars: Loretta Young, Alan Ladd, William Bendix
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After a career criminal is recaptured and knows he faces the guillotine, he offers to exchange his life for 100 hostages slated for execution by the Nazis.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Errol Flynn, Paul Lukas, Lucile Watson
Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The playboy son of a wealthy shipping magnate discovers at first hand the desperate privations suffered by the crew of one of his fathers ships when he is unwillingly pressganged aboard.

Director: John Farrow
Stars: Alan Ladd, Brian Donlevy, William Bendix
Variety Girl (1947)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Dozens of star and character-actor cameos and a message about the Variety Club (show-business charity) are woven into a framework about two hopeful young ladies who come to Hollywood, ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Mary Hatcher, Olga San Juan, DeForest Kelley
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Mac's plans to settle down and raise a family are upset by the Korean War. He goes as a fighter pilot and returns a hero, the first triple ace of the war. His neighbors have built a home ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Alan Ladd, June Allyson, James Whitmore
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Webb Carey returns to Orta, near Milan, to find out who betrayed his World War II O.S.S. team and caused the death of several villagers. His old love Julie, whom he thought dead at the ... See full summary »

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Alan Ladd, Wanda Hendrix, Francis Lederer
Cynthia (1947)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Sickly girl finds an outlet in music.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, George Murphy, S.Z. Sakall
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A schoolteacher becomes the mentor of a talented young miner and seeks to get him into a university.

Director: Irving Rapper
Stars: Bette Davis, John Dall, Nigel Bruce
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When ex-cop Steve Rollins is released from San Quentin after five years, his only thoughts are of revenge on the men who framed him for manslaughter. Back in San Francisco, his quest for ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tuttle
Stars: Alan Ladd, Edward G. Robinson, Joanne Dru
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A Canadian Mountie of German descent feigns disaffection with his homeland in hopes of infiltrating and thwarting a Nazi sabotage plot.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Errol Flynn, Julie Bishop, Helmut Dantine
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Susan is about to be married, but the wedding may get called off after her fiancee summons three former beaus. Each reveals a different portrait of Susan: one describes her as a naive ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Joan Fontaine, George Brent, Dennis O'Keefe
Saigon (1948)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After World War II Larry learns that his flying buddy Mike will only live a short time despite the efforts of the doctors. He takes on a profitable flying job for profiteers Maris to ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Fenton
Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Douglas Dick
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Gail Russell ...
...
Smitty
Stanley Clements ...
Johnny Cates
...
Doc Baxter
...
Mrs. Brooks
Rex Williams ...
Babe
...
Sneezer
Marjorie Woodworth ...
Lola
Don Zelaya ...
Hotel Proprietor
Lester Matthews ...
Salesman
William Forrest ...
Racing Secretary
William Murphy ...
Bennie
Denis Brown ...
Murdock
Edit

Storyline

Salty owes money to Doc Baxter; he and his pal Smitty have one month to pay up. They get a race horse and a disbarred jockey, Johnny Cates, who must fake his identity to race. Johnny and Salty both fall in love with Barbara Brooks and, to get even, Johnny considers throwing the horserace. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

character name in title | See All (1) »

Taglines:

He's the King of the Gamblers!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 March 1947 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Gauner und Gangster  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 26, 1945 with Alan Ladd and William Demarest reprising their film roles. See more »

Connections

Version of The Night Is Young (1986) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Salt Of The Earth
4 June 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Paramount celebrated Alan Ladd's return from military service by giving him this racetrack story which got an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Ladd plays the title character of Salty O'Rourke who is a racetrack character of sorts and a guy who is no better than he ought to be.

In fact he's got himself in a real jackpot with bookie Bruce Cabot. Ladd's former partner ran up a really big debt and skipped out and Ladd is holding the bag. He negotiates a deal with Cabot for a month's extension.

What he comes up with is a complicated scheme to obtain a spirited, but unrideable race horse and then to get a talented jockey who's been banned for gambling. Ladd and trainer William Demarest buy the horse and then go to Mexico to get jockey Stanley Clements who is leading a dissolute life south of the border.

Ladd and Demarest use the name of Stan's younger brother who is still a juvenile. But because of that the law requires he attend the school run at the racetrack. Clements balks at first, in fact he balks at just about everything. But one look at schoolteacher Gail Russell and he changes his mind. In fact Ladd takes an interest as well and therein lies the problem.

In a role where someone like Tyrone Power who specialized in playing hero/heels like Salty O'Rourke could have been the best casting, Alan Ladd does pretty well by the part. Standing out in the film though is Stanley Clements who was playing a character not too different from what he was in real life. Clements was the wild child and later wilder adult if tales are true. Spring Byington is also in the cast playing Russell's vapid and clueless mother.

Director Raoul Walsh got some racetrack atmospherics in the film and no doubt use of nearby Santa Anita or Hollywood Park was made to the limit. Salty O'Rourke proved that Alan Ladd still had box office appeal and was a good film to return from military service with.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Salty O'Rourke (1945) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?