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The temperamental Carol Maldon leaves New York behind to take control of her father's stable, she inherited. Rick Grayton is a horse racing trainer who lucked into training a champ, the horse 'Gay Fleet'. Only nobody knows 'Gay Fleet' is any good yet. Rick has been intentionally losing so that he can buy the horse with a low-ball offer to the owner Carol. However Mercedes Bellway, a rival barn and in love with Rick, figures out his plan and tells Carol. Written by
The racetrack announcer is played by Joe Hernandez, who was the track announcer at Santa Anita from the day it opened in 1935 until a few days before his death in 1972. See more »
Characters keep claiming they are singing the bugle call "Boots and Saddles," when actually they are singing the more familiar "First Call," which is the military bugle call that was borrowed, and often re-named "Call to the Post," for most race tracks. See more »
This is a pretty good comedy drama about how Polly Bergen inherited one horse, had all the smart guys in racing take her for a sucker but still managed to triumph -- at least to the extent of snaring Howard Keel.
Polly Bergen is a little too one-note in her role, one that seems to have been tailor-made for Jane Wyman -- but that was another studio. Howard Keel is wonderful in his laid back role, which seems to have been written for Clark Gable. There's an excellent supporting cast, including Nina Foch -- who is a wonderful scene stealer here -- and Marjorie Main and John Sturges shows a good command of his cast and crew, moving surefootedly from comedy to drama.
The issue with the film is that it's all a little too familiar, both the polite love triangle and the horse story. It all results in a pleasant waste of time.
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