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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 »

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William Dieterle
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Cast

Cast overview:
William Holden ... Boots Malone
Stanley Clements ... Stash Clements
Basil Ruysdael ... Preacher Cole
Carl Benton Reid ... John Williams
Ralph Dumke 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 Billy Pearson ... Eddie Koch - Jockey
Johnny Stewart ... Thomas Gibson Jr. aka The Kid
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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!

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Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 1952 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Tommy macht das Rennen 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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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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Very little stands out in this film except the soundtrack.
25 February 2001 | by dhoffmanSee all my reviews

Here is a film of stereotypes-an innocent, wide-eyed lad who wants to become a jockey (Johnny Stewart); a cynical manager who is down on his luck (William Holden); an avaricious owner of horses (Ed Begley). The script is incompetent with unbelievable responses to situations, with solutions that are too easy. The direction is pedestrian and the camera work uninspired. This is typical 50s escapist fare that fails to look at the underlying problems of the leads. A great cast of character actors is wasted-Harry Morgan, Ralph Dumke, Ed Begley and Basil Ruysdael (who does the most with his role as Preacher). However, listen to this early score by Elmer Bernstein, an indication of greater soundtracks to come. The movie, however, is watchable but with no scene memorable.


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