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Down the Stretch (1936)

A jockey tries to overcome the reputation of his father, who once threw a race.

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Complete credited cast:
... Patricia Barrington
... 'Snapper' Sinclair, aka Fred St. Clair
... Cliff Barrington
... Noah (as William Best)
Gordon Hart ... Judge Adams
... Robert Bates (as Gordon Elliott)
... Aunt Julia
... Tex Reardon (as Charles Wilson)
... Secretary C.D. Burch
... Nurse
... Nick
... Arnold Roach (as Charles Foy)
... Sir Oliver Martin
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Jockey Snapper Sinclair has been having a hard time living down the reputation of his father, a crooked jockey. Patricia Barrington agrees to take custody of Snapper, who was sentenced to one year in the state reformatory for stealing when he was hungry. She does so out of gratitude when she recognized Snapper as the son of the man who helped make her father's stables successful. After some run-ins with the trainer, Tex Reardon, who likens humans to horses and says "like sire, like colt," Snapper prevents the sale of a fast but unruly horse called Faithful, and eventually rides him to victory in the Kentucky Derby. Using the pseudonym Fred St. Clair, Snapper has a successful career until he refuses to cooperate with gamblers, who frame him on a charge of attempting to throw a race, and he is suspended from racing in the United States for one year. He takes an offer to race for Sir Oliver Martin in London, and has a successful career there also. But Patricia brings Faithful to London ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcan.net>

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Flowers for Madame
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Music by Murray Mencher
Played during the casino scene
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Young Mickey Rooney shines in this horse-racing drama, but the ending leaves much to be desired.
9 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

I was terribly disappointed with the ending of this film, which diminished its entire purpose. You would think the writers would help Mickey Rooney live down the reputation of his father, a crooked jockey, with some redeeming act. Some may think his actions did that, but I certainly did not. I did enjoy the performance of Rooney, who I always felt was an underrated actor. Willie Best, who consistently made me laugh throughout the film despite being his stereotyped 1930's character, is also a big plus for the film.


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