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Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 3 December 1937 (USA)
A cocky young jockey who gets mixed up with some crooked gamblers befriends an English lad with a fast horse and the niece of a woman who runs a boarding house for jockeys.

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Lawrence Hazard (screen play), Eleanore Griffin (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Judy Garland ... Cricket West
Mickey Rooney ... Timmie Donovan
Sophie Tucker ... Mother Ralph
C. Aubrey Smith ... Sir Peter Calverton
Ronald Sinclair ... Roger Calverton
Forrester Harvey ... Wilkins
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... 'Click' Donovan
Frankie Darro ... 'Dink' Reid
Henry Kolker ... 'Doc' Godfrey
Helen Troy ... Hilda
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Storyline

Cricket West is a hopeful actress with a plan and a pair of vocal chords that bring down the house. Along with her eccentric aunt, she plays host to the local jockeys, whose leader is the cocky but highly skilled Timmie Donovan. When a young English gentleman comes to town convincing Donovan to ride his horse in a high stakes race, the plot breaks into a speeding gallop. Donovan is disqualified from racing, but Cricket springs into action and heads into the home stretch riding high! Written by Shawn Ashley

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Taglines:

The Year's Greatest Heart-Story! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alarm op de renbaan See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is the second time Sophie Tucker co-starred with Judy Garland. In Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937), Tucker had played Judy's mother. See more »

Goofs

In the final race Frankie Darro is wearing no. 4 in the starting gate. Later in a close up he is wearing no. 7. Then at the finish he is again wearing no. 4. See more »

Quotes

Roger Calverton: I just had to come and tell you the news.
Wilkins: What news? What's happened?
Roger Calverton: Oh, nothing very much, just that we're going to America.
Wilkins: [excited] To America?
Roger Calverton: Yes, for the cup.
Wilkins: Are you sure?
Roger Calverton: We're practically on the boat. Isn't it spifflicating?
Wilkins: You've hit the nail on the head, that's just what it is: spifflicating.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Rule Britannia
(1740) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Words by James Thomson
Played as background music when the ship sails to America
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Mickey Rooney's Movie for Sure!
4 August 2005 | by muffinheuer2003See all my reviews

Mickey Rooney truly shines in this film. Outshining top billed Judy Garland. If you are a fan of Mickey and Judy you will love this movie. And of course, if you love horses you will be thrilled. Mickey Rooney playes a tough Jockey who can really win those races. That is until his father pretends to be sicks and tricks Mickey into throwing a race. His father will make you angry throughout the entire film. Mickey Rooney will break your heart and Judy will bring joy as she sings Got A Pair Of New Shoes. Mickey Rooney, in my opinion, is probably the most talented actor to ever live. This is a very enjoyable film to watch and is highly recommended. Catch it on TCM the next time it's aired. You'll love it!


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