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Boots Malone (1952)

Approved | | Drama, Sport | 4 July 1952 (Sweden)
Boots Malone is jockey's agent and a bit of a wheeler-dealer who went from living at the Ritz to living in a room at the stables when his star jockey was killed in an accident. After nearly... See full summary »


William Dieterle




Cast overview:
William Holden ... Boots Malone
Stanley Clements ... Stash Clements
Basil Ruysdael ... Preacher Cole
Carl Benton Reid ... John Williams
Ralph Dumke ... Beckett
Ed Begley ... Howard Whietehead
Hugh Sanders ... Matson
Harry Morgan ... Quarter Horse Henry (as Henry Morgan)
Ann Lee Ann Lee ... Mrs. Elizabeth Gibson
Anthony Caruso ... Joe
Billy Pearson ... Eddie Koch - Jockey
Johnny Stewart ... Thomas Gibson Jr. aka The Kid


Boots Malone is jockey's agent and a bit of a wheeler-dealer who went from living at the Ritz to living in a room at the stables when his star jockey was killed in an accident. After nearly three years, he has yet to find a replacement for him. Along with his cronies at the track, he manages to buy a horse that's a bit of a sleeper. Their hopes of cashing in big take a positive turn when Boots decides to train an eager young man, who turns out to be a runaway from a rich family, as a jockey. When gangsters tell Boots to throw the race in favor of another horse, he faces a major dilemma. Written by garykmcd

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The story of a boy who left home... and a stumble bum who never had one! See more »


Drama | Sport


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When the climactic race is finished, there is a posted finish time of 3:40. Shortly after the scene cuts back to the standings board, the time is now at 3:46. See more »

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Great Horse Racing film - Great Xmas Day Family Film.
3 March 2021 | by ewleedsSee all my reviews

One of the best horse, jockey and racing stable films ever made. An enjoyable Lassie Comes Home film with racehorses instead of dogs. It illustrates with great accuracy the thoroughbred race horse-world with what appears to be authentic been there- done that background talk and which transports the viewer into the somewhat risky world of the small County Fairs travelling race horses trainers, hired on the spot track-jockeys and conscientious track officials. Apart from the star Wm Holden the casting was superb, Holden's acting and city-gent physical-appearance did not fit the horse-trainer role he played. In my view the actor who played the blacksmith role a Mr Basil Ruysdael was by far the best actor for this Boots Malone role (a likeable, friendly and honest horse trainer) Holden should have played the winning horses wealthy upmarket owner with the champion to be boy-jockeys screen mother playing the part of Holden loveable wife and the wannabe -jockey boys mother. This is a 9 star film, and I award a Golden Horse Shoes to all the cast. Johnny Stewart the boy actor/newcomer was exceptional. With very few script changes you have here a Classic Box Office Winner here. Thank you to the producers and the 'gamblers' who financed this 1952 Boys Town with Horses Film. Watch it and shut up and escape the dreaded Covid-19 news for 1-hour 45 minutes, this is a good film, and its made for children everywhere and code-approved!

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Release Date:

4 July 1952 (Sweden) See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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