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Stablemates (1938)

Approved | | Drama, Sport | 7 October 1938 (USA)
A washed up, alcoholic Vet and a dreamer stable boy help nurse a sick race horse back to health.


Sam Wood


Richard Maibaum, Reginald Owen (story) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Wallace Beery ... Doc Thomas 'Tom' Terry
Mickey Rooney ... Michael 'Mickey'
Arthur Hohl ... Mr. Gale
Margaret Hamilton ... Beulah Flanders
Minor Watson ... Barney Donovan
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Shepherd
Oscar O'Shea ... Pete Whalen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pat West Pat West ... First Railbird (scenes deleted)


A washed up, alcoholic Vet and a dreamer stable boy help nurse a sick race horse back to health.

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A Couple Of Mugs You'll Love !


Drama | Sport


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Did You Know?


"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 31, 1941 with Mickey Rooney and Wallace Beery reprising their film roles. See more »


When Michael and Doc are by the beach, Doc puts on his left shoe, then puts it on again in the next scene. See more »


Doc Thomas 'Tom' Terry: Shut up! Shut up!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over drawings of horses on a racetrack. See more »


Featured in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic (1990) See more »


When You Wore a Tulip
Music by Percy Wenrich (1924)
Lyrics by Jack Mahoney
Sung by Wallace Beery and others at the songfest
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User Reviews

Redemption and Love--Great Little Film
18 December 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Neat little film about an orphaned teen who loves a horse and the old stew bum who befriends him.

Mickey Rooney (at age 18) stars as the kid who hangs around race track stables and who earns a broken down horse in lieu of pay. Wallace Beery is the drunken drifter who happens upon the stable where Rooney tends his horse.What a pleasure to see these two great pros working together.

The film is too sentimental for today's audiences but really packs a wallop with a simple story, humor, and great acting.

Margaret Hamilton gets a good supporting role as "the widow," and also good are Arthur Hohl, Marjorie Gateson, Minor Watson, Spencer Charters, and Oscar O'Shea.

Beery is a total delight as the rumpled bum who still has a spark within him. Rooney is so spontaneous and fresh faced it's impossible not to like him. Oddly there is a scene of Rooney riding his horse in the ocean surf that presages a similar scene in The Black Stallion (with Kelly Reno) 40-odd years later.

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Release Date:

7 October 1938 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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