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County Fair (1937)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 24 November 1937 (USA)
A jockey is unjustly accused of drugging his horse at the county fair, having been framed by a jealous rival. He leaves town with a friend, and tries to make a new start. As they are ... See full summary »

Director:

Howard Bretherton

Writer:

John T. Neville (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Arledge ... John Hope
Mary Lawrence Mary Lawrence ... Julie Williams (as Mary Lou Lender)
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Calvin Williams - Julie's Father
Fuzzy Knight ... Whitey the Trainer
Jimmy Butler ... Buddy Williams - Julie's Brother
Harry Worth ... Turner the Gambler
Matty Roubert ... Snipe - Turner's Jockey
William Hunter William Hunter ... Dutch - Turner Henchman
Henry Hall ... Commisioner
Edwin Mordant Edwin Mordant ... Mr. Brooks, Moon Glow's Owner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Horace Murphy ... Pick Up Driver Towing the Boys
Charles Murray ... Sheriff
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Storyline

A jockey is unjustly accused of drugging his horse at the county fair, having been framed by a jealous rival. He leaves town with a friend, and tries to make a new start. As they are traveling, they discover a very fast horse which is owned by a brother and sister who live on a farm, and they all decide to enter the horse in a race. But the father of the two young persons refuses to allow the horse to be used for anything except farm work. Written by Snow Leopard

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SHARE the thrills and heartaches of a boy and girl in love for the first time! (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kentucky Carnival See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in New York City Monday 7 June 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Chicago Thursday 13 December 1948 on WBKB (Channel 4) and in Los Angeles Sunday 12 June 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

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Tries, But It Just Doesn't Work at All
1 August 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This film tries to present an uplifting story of sympathetic characters overcoming adversity, but unfortunately it just doesn't work at all. It is brought down most of all by the plot, which is just a mess: it is riddled with gaping holes, it is heavily dependent on unlikely coincidences, and it calls for the characters repeatedly to make irrational and improbable decisions. The rest of the production is far too undistinguished to make up for it.

The hero is John, a jockey who was framed for drugging his horse at a county fair. He leaves in disgrace with a friend, and in the course of their travels they meet a brother and sister who have an amazingly fast horse, which their grumpy father insists be used only for farm work. The setup has a lot of flaws in it, and from there on in, things develop in even more far-fetched fashion. The weak writing, acting, and directing aren't nearly good enough here to make the plot work.

"County Fair" seems to be a well-meaning effort, but it ends up being just a bad film that really has nothing to recommend to it.


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