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Devil on Horseback (1954)

A young jockey is determined to win whatever the cost, but finds that there are more important things than success.


Cyril Frankel


James Curtis (original story), Geoffrey Orme (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »


Credited cast:
Googie Withers ... Mrs. Cadell
John McCallum ... Charles Roberts
Jeremy Spenser ... Moppy Parfitt
Meredith Edwards ... Ted Fellowes
Liam Redmond ... Scarlett O'Hara
Sam Kydd ... Darky
Malcolm Knight Malcolm Knight ... Squib
Peter Lindsay Peter Lindsay ... Len
Eric Francis Eric Francis ... Reg Guest
Vic Wise Vic Wise ... Fred Cole
Peter Swanwick Peter Swanwick ... Mr. Parfitt
Betty Hardy Betty Hardy ... Mrs. Parfitt
Arthur Lovegrove Arthur Lovegrove ... Valet
George Rose ... Blacksmith
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lucy Griffiths Lucy Griffiths ... Maid
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A young jockey is determined to win whatever the cost, but finds that there are more important things than success.

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Googie Withers and John McCallum were married between 24 January 1948 and his death on 3 February 2010. See more »


Scarlett O'Hara: The boy with the crisp hands and the horse sense. He's got it in his hands and his thighs and his head. He's got what I had. Genius. You can laugh yourselves into a lather. But he's got it I tell ya. Genius. And I'll drink to that. Genius with a capital 'J'.
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Standard Tale Well Told
20 April 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This fairly standard story of how Jeremy Spenser wants to win horse races at all costs and learns the price, contains the usual assortment of racetrack eccentrics, particularly Liam Redmond who outbrogues Barry Fitzgerald in a John Ford movie; most notably, it stars Googie Withers and her real life husband, John McCallum, as a horse owner and trainer who mentor the boy -- and fall in love of course. It's one of the last leading roles for Miss Withers, who was so distinguished by this point that a little of her was enough to distinguish any picture.

It's beautifully lensed by Denny Densham, whose long career in the GPO documentary unit gave him the skills to handle landscape and long-distance movement. He rarely got the chance to be the cinematographer on a feature. Here, his shots of races seem to float.

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Release Date:

17 March 1954 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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