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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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Dennis O'Keefe ...
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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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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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Written by Alexander Laszlo
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Solid Drama With a Good Emphasis
19 January 2006 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This feature is a solid drama based loosely on the career of the famous race horse Dan Patch, with a good emphasis on the lives of the persons who owned and trained him. Although it certainly emphasizes what a unique and nearly unbeatable horse Dan Patch was, it looks even more closely at the dramas taking place among the human characters.

Much of the story focuses on the son (played by Dennis O'Keefe) of the horse's original owner, who is torn between a successful career and an ambitious wife on the one hand, and his passion for horses and attachment to old friends on the other. The supporting cast does a good job, with Henry Hull as the father, John Hoyt as the old-time horse trainer, and Gail Russell as the trainer's daughter. Ruth Warrick also succeeds in the thankless role of O'Keefe's wife.

Although most of the production is done in a very straightforward manner, it still works all right because the issues faced by the characters are easy to identify with. Aside from being somewhat predictable and sometimes a bit plain-looking, it's a solid feature.


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