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Sporting Blood (1931)

Sporting Blood





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Clark Gable went from supporting actor to star in the space of one year with Sporting Blood, adapted from a novel by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan. Gable is top-billed as a gambling house proprietor named Rid Riddell. When the owner of a prize thoroughbred loses heavily in Riddell's establishment, he is forced to give up the horse to the gambler as security. Rid enters the horse in several honest races, then pulls the animal during a crucial race in order to collect big money on the losses; then he plans to dope up the horse to assure future wins. But when the horse loses, the gambler, deeply in debt to mobsters, transfers ownership to one of his female dealers (Madge Evans), and then drops out of the plotline. Clark Gable isn't really the lead in Sporting Blood--actually he's something of a rat--but he's the one whom everybody in the audience remembers long after the final fadeout.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By: ,
Written By: Frederick Hazlitt Brennan, Charles Brabin, Willard Mack, Wanda Tuchock
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Clark Gable
as Rid Riddell
Ernest Torrence
as Jim Rellence
Lew Cody
as Tip Scanlon
Harry Holman
as Phil Ludeking
Hallam Cooley
as MacGuire
J. Farrell MacDonald
as Jerry Hardwick
John Larkin
as Uncle Ben
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This is the flick that earned the up-and-coming Gable top-billing.

Full Review… | August 5, 2010
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Minor drama, horse lovers would probably give it another star, that would be totally forgotten if Gable wasn't in it. He exudes more presence and star quality than the entire rest of the cast combined.

jay nixon

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Sporting Blood (1931)

This is a racehorse picture, with an homage to the horse, who treats humans a whole lot better than the humans treat them back. Jim Rellence (Ernest Torrence) raises thoroughbred race horses on his huge Kentucky mansion. He babies them and loves them like his own children and has a hard time selling them.

Tommy Boy was born in the mud where his champion mother broke her leg and needed to be put down. He was lovingly raised by Rellence's help, Uncle Ben (John Larkin) and his son, Sammy (Eugene Jackson), but is eventually sold through a series of owners who mistreat poor Tommy Boy, over-racing him, and even doping him up for the track.

One of his owners, Tip Scanion (Lew Cody) has a girlfriend, Ruby (Madge Evans) who has the hots for a young casino dealer, Rid Riddell (Clark Gable), but she's a kept woman and it isn't meant to be. She slowly takes up drinking instead. Tip transfers Rid to his stables where he's well away from Ruby. Rid keeps telling Tip that Tommy Boy can be a great racehorse if they only give him some better care. Tip doesn't listen.

Tip has signed over Tommy Boy to Ruby so he won't get into trouble with some big gamblers that he has conned into betting on Tommy Boy. Tip gets his just deserts anyway. Ruby takes the horse back to Jim Rellence to get well again, and also to dry-up herself. Will Tommy Boy have a chance at the big race, and will Rid and Ruby get back together?

This movie was really kind of interesting as it spent a great deal of time with the black characters. There was a fair share of step-n-fetch-it stereotype stuff, but you also really felt the love they had for Tommy Boy. This was really a nice little movie.

Rick Rudge

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