Sporting Blood (1931)
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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.
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.
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