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The Great Dan Patch (1949)

Passed  -  Adventure | Biography | Drama  -  22 July 1949 (USA)
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Story of the legendary trotting horse Dan Patch.

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Cast overview:
Dennis O'Keefe ...
Gail Russell ...
Cissy Lathrop
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Ruth Treadwell
Charlotte Greenwood ...
Aunt Netty
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Dan Palmer
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Ben Lathrop
Arthur Hunnicutt ...
Chet Williams
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Voodoo
Harry Lauter ...
Bud Ransome
Highland Dale ...
Dan Patch, a Horse
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David Palmer, a young chemist, returns to his father's Indiana farm, to marry a local school teacher, Ruth Treadwell. David meets again his father's horse-trainer, Ben Lathrop, whose daughter, Cissy, has left high school to help her father. Palmer marries and becomes wealthy through an invention, and is able to indulge his socially-ambitious wife. His father dies and Palmer returns to Indiana, where his interest in harness-racing is rekindled, as is his interest in Cissy Lathrop. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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WHAT A TIME FOR LIVING!...AND WHAT A GREAT LOVE STORY THEY LIVED! (original poster - all caps) See more »


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22 July 1949 (USA)  »

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Ride a Reckless Mile  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Sepiatone)

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1.37 : 1
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Okay, But Needed Less Soap & More Racing
20 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, generally this was a "nice" classic-era tale, the kind you don't often see post-1960s film but as a big, big fan of horse racing, I was disappointed.

Since "Dan Patch" has such a famous name in his sport, I was hoping to see all the details on film. Instead, what I got was mainly melodrama, a story about a guy (Dennis O'Keefe as "David Palmer") married to a social- climbing wife (Ruth Warrick as "Ruth Treadwell") but really more interested in another woman. The latter, "Cissy Lathrop," is a nicer, warmer lady whom the male lead should have married in the first place, but, she didn't come along early enough in the man's life. He had already committed to the annoying and too ambitious "Ruth."

Anyway, the only good thing about the romance angle was seeing the pretty face of Gail Russell (Cissy), but I'd rather have witnessed a lot more horse racing story in here than what was found. By the way, has there ever been a stable hand that looked Russell? I doubt it.

At least she, the old harness racing buggies, a few of the racing scenes and fairgrounds-type atmosphere were all nostalgic. But, it really wasn't much of a "sports film," which was I hoped to see.


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