Sporting Blood - 1931
Movie: Sporting Blood - 1931
Director: Charles Brabin
Synopsis: A thoroughbred mare slips and falls in the mud, breaking her leg. Before she is destroyed, she give birth to Tommy Boy, who is raised by the stable hands and becomes the favorite of horse breeder Jim Rellence (Ernest Torrence). Tommy Boy is reluctantly sold to crooked gambler Tip Scanlon (Lew Cody), and managed in fixed races by Scanlon's protégé "Rid" Riddell (Clark Gable - in his first starring role). Pursued by the mob after Tommy Boy loses a race he is supposed to win, Tip transfers ownership of the horse to his girlfriend Ruby (Madge Evans). When Tip is murdered, Angie sets to work to rehabilitate herself and the horse.
Scene: Ruby enters Tommy Boy in the Kentucky Derby. He is supposed to be held back by his jockey so that gambling interests can control the outcome, but the stable hands alter his harness so that it will break and he can run free - and he wins the race.
Monogram: Ruby's initial R on Tommy Boy's warmup blanket. Unlike more elaborate horse racing films (see Seabiscuit) the Kentucky Derby and horse and jockey costuming are a pretty plain affair in this movie.
Contributed by: Annette Johnson