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Racing Lady (1937)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 29 January 1937 (USA)
In a film advertised and sold as a Damon Runyon story, but actually combined elements from his "All Scarlet" and another story written by J. Robert Bren and Norman Houston called "Odds Are ... See full summary »

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Wallace Fox

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Dorothy Yost (screen play), Thomas Lennon (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Ann Dvorak ... Ruth Martin
Smith Ballew ... Steven Wendel
Harry Carey ... Tom Martin
Berton Churchill ... Judge
Frank M. Thomas ... Bradford
Ray Mayer Ray Mayer ... Warbler
Willie Best ... Brass
Hattie McDaniel ... Abby
Harry Jans Harry Jans ... Lewis
Lew Payton Lew Payton ... Joe
Harland Tucker Harland Tucker ... Gilbert
Alex Hill Alex Hill ... Johnny
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In a film advertised and sold as a Damon Runyon story, but actually combined elements from his "All Scarlet" and another story written by J. Robert Bren and Norman Houston called "Odds Are Even", horse breeder Tom Martin, in a streak of bad luck, is persuaded by his daughter Doris to enter a mare in the feature race at the county fair. There, Martin rejects a tout's proposition to throw the race, and he also meets his old friends, the "Judge" and the "Warbler". The race starts and the mare, just short of reaching the wire and winning the race, is crowded into the rail and ruined as a racer. The Martins return home, where Ruth busies herself in training a colt, Katydid. She enters the horse in a claiming race at Santa Anita, where she gets lots of publicity as a novelty girl trainer.Wealthy, amateur horseman Steve Wendall offers her a job as trainer of his stable, but she refuses. Katydid wins but is claimed by Bradford, Wendall's trainer, on behalf of Wendall, who has done so simply ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Pounding hoofs! Roaring crowds! Beathless thrills! See more »

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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RKO's Cord convertible gets quite a bit of exposure in this one, much to the delight of classic car enthusiasts. See more »

Soundtracks

Sweeter All the Time
(1937) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Andy Iona Long and Lysle Tomerlin
Written for the movie but not sung
Possibly played at the party
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B movie from RKO
14 September 2014 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Ann Dvorak and Harry Carey wound up in this B movie, Racing Lady, done by RKO and probably made in about three days.

Dvorak and Carey are daughter and father, Ruth and Tom Martin. Ruth has a horse that she believes has the makings of a winning racehorse. There aren't any female trainers in the racing field (in fact, I'm not sure there are many today). However, during the horse's first race, she is injured when pushed into the rail. The vet advises euthanasia, but Ruth has the horse's leg bandaged up, and retires her to the home she shares with her father.

The horse's filly turns out to be an excellent racehorse. Ruth can't afford the high fee for one of the big races, but puts the horse in a claiming race, which means all the horses are up for sale for about the same price until the actual race. Ruth's horse wins, but she learns it was claimed by one Steven Wendel (Smith Ballew), who owns many winning racehorses. He offers Ruth a job training, and she takes it, wanting to be near her horse.

Not much in the way of character development here as the film only runs one hour. Dvorak was better than this; she eventually became disgusted with her roles, married an Englishman, and made films there for a time. The actor playing Wendel, Smith Ballew, was the first singing cowboy and a popular radio star. He eventually retired and moved to Texas. The wonderful Harry Carey would go on to be nominated for an Oscar for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington not long after this.

Hattie McDaniel gives a spirited performance as a beloved employee, but the other two blacks in the film played cringe-worthy stereotypes, always difficult to see nowadays.

The horses were beautiful, and the racing footage was interesting.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All Scarlet See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (R C A Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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