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Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 3 December 1937 (USA)
A cocky young jockey who gets mixed up with some crooked gamblers befriends an English lad with a fast horse and the niece of a woman who runs a boarding house for jockeys.

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Lawrence Hazard (screen play), Eleanore Griffin (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Judy Garland ... Cricket West
Mickey Rooney ... Timmie Donovan
Sophie Tucker ... Mother Ralph
C. Aubrey Smith ... Sir Peter Calverton
Ronald Sinclair ... Roger Calverton
Forrester Harvey ... Wilkins
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... 'Click' Donovan
Frankie Darro ... 'Dink' Reid
Henry Kolker ... 'Doc' Godfrey
Helen Troy ... Hilda
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Storyline

Cricket West is a hopeful actress with a plan and a pair of vocal chords that bring down the house. Along with her eccentric aunt, she plays host to the local jockeys, whose leader is the cocky but highly skilled Timmie Donovan. When a young English gentleman comes to town convincing Donovan to ride his horse in a high stakes race, the plot breaks into a speeding gallop. Donovan is disqualified from racing, but Cricket springs into action and heads into the home stretch riding high! Written by Shawn Ashley

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The Year's Most Powerful Heart Drama! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alarm op de renbaan See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Legendary song stylist of vaudeville, Broadway and records, Sophie Tucker was left without a number to belt in this film. See more »

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In the final race Frankie Darro is wearing no. 4 in the starting gate. Later in a close up he is wearing no. 7. Then at the finish he is again wearing no. 4. See more »

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Jim - Racetrack Usher: Listen here, lady, I'm the usher!
Mother Ralph: Well go on and ush!
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California, Here I Come
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Buddy G. DeSylva, Al Jolson and Joseph Meyer
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Thoroughbreds Don't Cry is fascinating as the initial teaming of Judy Garland & Mickey Rooney
11 May 2014 | by tavmSee all my reviews

When Mickey Rooney died last month, I got a jones to watch some of his movies so when I went to the library, and this was among the films there, I had to get it especially since I knew this was the first one he made with Judy Garland. He plays a jockey and Ms. Garland plays the niece of the owner of the boardinghouse for jockeys. But the main character is played by Ronald Sinclair, another teen who's from England (actually Sinclair was from New Zealand), who has a horse he wants to enter into the America's Cup race. I'll stop there and just say it was quite fascinating watching Rooney and Garland bicker and also helping Sinclair in his troubles. Ms. Garland had one song she performed a few times in the movie. Her character dreams of stardom which, of course, is what happened to Judy in real life. Legendary singer Sophie Tucker plays her aunt but she doesn't have a number for some reason. All in all, Thoroughbreds Don't Cry was quite an entertaining programmer.


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