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Harrigan's Kid (1943)

| Drama | March 1943 (USA)
The farm scenes were filmed at Louis B. Mayer's farm in Perris, CA.


Charles Reisner


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Cast overview:
Bobby Readick Bobby Readick ... Benny McNeil
Frank Craven ... Walter Garnet
William Gargan ... Tom Harrigan
J. Carrol Naish ... Jed Jerrett
Jay Ward Jay Ward ... McNarmara
Douglas Croft ... Skip
Bill Cartledge Bill Cartledge ... Joe
Irving Lee Irving Lee ... Dink
Selmer Jackson ... Mr. Ranley
Allen Wood Allen Wood ... Etley
Jim Toney Jim Toney ... Sam
Mickey Martin ... Jockey
Russell Hicks ... Col. Lowry


Tom Harrigan raises orphaned Benny McNeil to be a first-rate jockey, but fails to bridle the lad's healthy ego. When Benny receives too many rebukes for unsportsman-like conduct from the racing commission, Tom decides to sell his contract to Garnet before he, too, is censured. Tom also reasons that, by having Benny with a top outfit, he can manipulate his races and make a fortune on the betting. But Benny, thanks to the humanizing influence of Mr. Garnet, has a different idea.... Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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Release Date:

March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El chico de la pista See more »

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Technical Specs


(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Wednesday 2 January 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Chicago Sunday 20 January 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2); it first aired in New York City 26 February 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Minneapolis 29 March 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Portland OR 23 April 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Hartford CT 7 May 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Norfolk VA 3 July 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Philadelphia 30 July 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Seattle 25 August 1957 on KING (Channel 5), and in San Francisco 16 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

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Death scene is so bad i cant believe they made movies like this..
2 May 2009 | by rt33See all my reviews

Talking one second and dead the next, come on....Were people this bad of actors back then?? I guess standards were very low back in the day..This movie could have been good. Horse racing was in its hey day back then and they still produce this garbage? I love horse racing so i forced myself to watch this on TCM and it is really unbelievable how terrible how the actors come off. Expectations must have been extremely low in the 40's.. I know times change but the whole thing and the ending were half azz at best. I hope this movie didn't make much money, or if it did i now know why senor citizens think the way they do about todays movies if this is what they are used to..

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