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Sporting Blood (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 8 August 1931 (USA)
The saga of thoroughbred Tommy Boy, born in a rain puddle, and his various owners as he evolves into a a champion stakes horse.

Director:

Charles Brabin

Writers:

Frederick Hazlitt Brennan (story "Horseflesh"), Charles Brabin (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clark Gable ... Warren 'Rid' Riddell
Ernest Torrence ... Mr. Jim Rellence
Madge Evans ... Miss 'Missy' Ruby
Lew Cody ... Tip Scanlon
Marie Prevost ... Angela 'Angie' Ludeking
Hallam Cooley ... Bill Ludeking
J. Farrell MacDonald ... MacGuire (as J. Farrell McDonald)
John Larkin ... Uncle Ben
Eugene Jackson Eugene Jackson ... Sam 'Sammy'
Tommy Boy Tommy Boy ... Tommy Boy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Curtis ... Charles Curtis, Vice-President of the United States, at Kentucky Derby (archive footage)
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Storyline

Valued thoroughbred mare Southern Queen slips and falls in a mud puddle, breaking her leg. Before she is destroyed, she gives birth to Tommy Boy, who becomes the favorite of his owner, horse breeder Jim Rellence. Ultimately a reluctant Rellence is forced to sell the one-year old to a prominent sportsman, and Tommy enters the world of high stakes racing. He goes through a variety of owners, all of whom have their own selfish agenda for the horse. Ultimately he ends up with Ruby, the mistress of a murdered racketeer, who wants Tommy to fulfill his true potential as a stakes horse and enters him in the Kentucky Derby. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vollblut See more »

Filming Locations:

Kentucky, USA See more »

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Budget:

$302,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The horse, upon which this film is based, Sporting Blood, was born in 1918 by Fair Play (USA) out of Felicity (USA), and had 8 wins in 29 races, earning $49,864 ($642,000 in 2017), and finished out of the money in the other 21 races. See more »

Goofs

At the casino's roulette table, the croupier is seen raking in chips that are clearly off the playing field. See more »

Quotes

Warren 'Rid' Riddell: I could be crazy about you, Ruby.
Miss 'Missy' Ruby: I could like you too, Rick, but we'd be crazy if we did. The cards are stacked against us,
Warren 'Rid' Riddell: Yeah, I guess we need a new deal.
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Crazy Credits

...to Man-O'-War, Zev, Crusader, Fair Play, Gallant Fox, Twenty-Grand and all the heroes of the turf and track, this record is reverently dedicated. See more »

Connections

Remade as Sporting Blood (1940) See more »

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National Emblem
(uncredited)
Music by Edwin Eugene Bagley
Played after running of the Derby
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The Love Of A Woman And A Horse
4 May 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In the very first film in which he received top billing, Clark Gable plays a gambler, no better than he ought to be, who by a variety of circumstances gets ownership along with Madge Evans of his late boss's prize thoroughbred. Lew Cody who played the boss departed this life abruptly and Gable and Evans are left with Kentucky Derby contender Tommy Boy.

In fact the horse is the star of the film with Tommy Boy being born in a thunderstorm where his mother is trapped in mud on Ernest Torrance's farm. Next to the horse the Scotch born Torrance who conveys a real love of the breed and sport is the most memorable in the film. Gable doesn't even appear until the film is half way over.

Some black players got a lot of work from this film and the usual racial stereotyping abounds. Still these people who are grooms, stable boys, exercise riders, etc. are the backbone of the racing industry and they're there also for love of the sport and atmosphere thereof.

The inevitable which is expected actually happens, the goal of everyone who is involved in thoroughbred racing. But the trip in Sporting Blood is a nice one as Tommy Boy foils the machinations of many greedy humans. You have to see how he does it..


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