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King of the Turf (1939)

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A remake of Racetrack, King of the Turf stars Adolphe Menjou as a seedy, alcoholic bookie with a long-dormant streak of decency. Roger Daniel is a young stable boy whom Menjou befriends and offers advice. The bookie and the stable boy purchase a racehorse, with Daniel training to be a top jockey in order to ride the horse to victory. When Menjou's ex-wife (Dolores Costello) arrives on the scene, she reveals that Daniel is in fact Menjou's son, who'd run away from home to pursue a racetrack career. She begs Menjou not to allow the boy to throw away his life--and not to reveal the truth behind their relationship. The next day, Menjou gets good and drunk and orders Daniel to throw a crucial race. The disillusioned boy does so, is disqualified for life, and turns his back on Menjou. Never realizing the true identity of his fallen idol, Daniel returns to his mother, while Menjou, having done the "right thing," disappears into the crowd.

Cast

Adolphe Menjou
as Jim Mason
Walter Abel
as Robert Barnes
Dolores Costello
as Eve Barnes
Harold Huber
as Santelli
Oscar O'Shea
as Bartender
Cliff Nazarro
as 1st Tout
Charles McAvoy
as Policeman
Harry Semels
as Coffee Pot Proprietor (uncredited)
Donald Kerr
as Taxi Driver
Tom Quinn
as Pony Man
Barlowe Borland
as Pawnbroker
Charles Sherlock
as First Trainer
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