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Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937)

A cocky young jockey who gets mixed up with some crooked gamblers befriends an English lad with a fast horse and the niece of a woman who runs a boarding house for jockeys.

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Alfred E. Green

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Lawrence Hazard (screen play), Eleanore Griffin (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Judy Garland ... Cricket West
Mickey Rooney ... Timmie Donovan
Sophie Tucker ... Mother Ralph
C. Aubrey Smith ... Sir Peter Calverton
Ronald Sinclair ... Roger Calverton
Forrester Harvey ... Wilkins
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... 'Click' Donovan
Frankie Darro ... 'Dink' Reid
Henry Kolker ... 'Doc' Godfrey
Helen Troy ... Hilda
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Storyline

Cricket West is a hopeful actress with a plan and a pair of vocal chords that bring down the house. Along with her eccentric aunt, she plays host to the local jockeys, whose leader is the cocky but highly skilled Timmie Donovan. When a young English gentleman comes to town convincing Donovan to ride his horse in a high stakes race, the plot breaks into a speeding gallop. Donovan is disqualified from racing, but Cricket springs into action and heads into the home stretch riding high! Written by Shawn Ashley

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alarm op de renbaan See more »

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In Judy Garland's previous picture, Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937), Charles Igor Gorin's rendition of "Sun Showers" (music by Nacio Herb Brown, lyrics by Arthur Freed) had been deleted. Then assigned to Judy in this horse-racing story, the song failed again to be included in a movie. Miss Garland's prerecording is featured on the Rhino CD, "Judy Garland: Collectors' Gems from the M-G-M Films." Another song, "Got a Pair of New Shoes," also cut from the previous film, did make final cut of this film. See more »

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Mickey & Judy Start Their Long Date
22 October 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

Left insolvent in America by the death of his grandfather, a young English lad learns that THOROUGHBREDS DON'T CRY. Now it's time for his new buddies, an irrepressible girl & an excitable jockey, to help him make his race horse a winner.

This little film, with a horse race plot both contrived & convoluted, is mere entertainment fluff. Its real significance is that it was the first movie to co-star Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland. Rooney is hyper-energetic & Garland exhibits her wide-eyed exuberance; together they hint at much better films to come in the future. Ronald Sinclair receives equal billing with them, and he does a good job with his role, but up against the Dynamic Duo he never really stood a chance. His celebrity would prove to be rather transitory.

Forrester Harvey does fine in a small performance as a jolly horse trainer. Wonderful old Sir C. Aubrey Smith lends a touch of class to his role as an English gentleman. But it is the inimitable Sophie Tucker who steals the film as Garland's mother, a big sharp-tongued woman you wouldn't want to trifle with. For some unfathomable reason, the script gives her no chance to sing. Unbelievable! At the very least, a Tucker/Garland duet could have made the film truly memorable.

Movie mavens will recognize Lionel Belmore as a butler & Elisha Cook, Jr. as a jockey, both unbilled.

A `pookah', by the way, is an Irish ghost horse.


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