Sporting Blood

  • 1931
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime, Sports

Horse breeder Jim Rellence (Ernest Torrence) sells his beloved Tommy Boy to Jerry Hardwick (J. Farrell MacDonald), who, after making a lot of money with the racehorse, sells him to Angela and Phil Ludeking (Marie Prevost and Harry Holman). The greedy pair work Tommy Boy hard, eventually entering the abused horse in a race he cannot win. Phil places a bet...read more

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Horse breeder Jim Rellence (Ernest Torrence) sells his beloved Tommy Boy to Jerry Hardwick (J. Farrell MacDonald), who, after making a lot of money with the racehorse, sells him to Angela and Phil Ludeking (Marie Prevost and Harry Holman). The greedy pair work Tommy Boy hard, eventually

entering the abused horse in a race he cannot win. Phil places a bet with Tip Scanlon (Clark Gable), hoping to win back the money he has lost, but instead loses Tommy Boy to Tip, who starts running the horse himself. At first he is honest, then he deliberately has Tommy Boy lose, and finally he

plans to drug the horse. Two of his employees, Ruby (Madge Evans)--who is romantically linked with Tip--and Warren (Lew Cody), deplore this treatment of Tommy Boy, and when the horse loses a big race, putting Tip in trouble with some gangsters, Tip transfers ownership to Madge, who returns the

horse to his loving original owner, Jim. The breeder then restores Tommy Boy to condition for the Churchill Downs finale, in which all the horse's abusers get their comeuppance. Gable, sans mustache, moved from supporting to featured player with this film. Trivia buffs will note the cameo

appearance of then-Vice President Charles Curtis (under Herbert Hoover) at the track, dutifully pointed out for filmgoers by the announcer.

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