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"The Thoroughbred" - Horse Racing Crime Adventure
released on August 10, 1930

The Actors: Wesley Barry (Tod Taylor), Judith Barrett (Colleen Riley), Pauline Garon (Margie), Larry Steers (Tom Drake), Robert Homans (Riley), Walter Perry (Donovan), Onest Conley (Ham Tolliver), Mildred Washington (Purple Washington), Madame Sul-Te-Wan (Sacharine), George Cleveland (detective Doyle), Clarence Muse (stablehand)

Right or Wrong . . . Own It . . . Or Don't

The ThoroughbredI have evolved in my life to the point where I am comfortable with owning all of my thoughts, actions and consequences. If I do something that turns out well, modesty will sit quietly beside me as I smile . . . and take full credit and glory for the spectacular thing that I have accomplished. The other half of fully owning my actions is that when I royally ruin something . . . When I do something that turns into a big disaster . . . I will not spread blame to any of the people or situations that may have helped to create the disaster along with me . . . If I started it, and I caused it, even if an evil henchman pushed me into it or lied to me to cause me to do something regrettable . . . It was still me who did it, and I will own it. Without my actions it would not have happened, and I will say or do whatever it takes to make amends and correct as much of the disaster as I can, and accept any and all blame and consequences from my actions. That situation is what faces the young jockey in this story . . . . And from the get-go I am wondering if he will own his actions when they create disaster, as easily as his cocky pride when he becomes the best jockey in town. This isn't the only movie ever produced about a famous jockey who gets blackmailed into throwing a horse race, but it is a pretty cool look at an early talking movie from the almost forgotten Tiffany Pictures. If you have been with me for a while you probably remember that without the connections to movie theaters that the bigger studios had it became more difficult to bring the Tiffany movies to the public and the company was finally sold off, with MGM purchasing all of the film library . . . and using the highly flammable nitrate film from the Tiffany library of movies to help fuel the great burning of Atlanta scene in Gone with the Wind. With most of the Tiffany movies gone up in flames that night, the only surviving movies, like this one, are from dusty film canisters found in old movie theaters and early collector's attics.

In this romantic crime drama a young boy wandering the South with his African-American buddy during the depths of the Great Depression are looking for work and a good meal. This leads to that and they both get hired by a Kentucky horse racing Irish fellow, and Tod, played by Wesley Barry, turns out to be a pretty good jockey, able to lead horses to victory better than anyone else around. Of course Tod gets a very big head from his success as a jockey and it is very easy for a blonde gal to lure him into a drinking and gambling joint on the night before the big race and get him deeply in debt to the casino owner. He is faced with the choice of throwing the next day's race or going to jail for his gambling debt. It wasn't his fault that the blonde hussy flirted with him and got him to drink and gamble . . . It wasn't his fault that the gangster casino owner paid the blonde to lure him into a debt that he didn't know about . . . She should go to jail for misleading him . . . The casino owner should go to jail for tricking him into signing a bank note . . . It wasn't his fault at all . . . or was it? What might happen if he does throw the big race . . . And what might happen if he does not? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

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Some of my Favorites:

William Powell and Carole LombardProbably my all time favorite movie, My Man Godfrey in 1936 not only gives us an comedic peek at the wealthiest and poorest during the Great Depression, but also was the vehicle for Carole Lombard to create the movie icon of the 'dumb blonde screwball comedy' that is a popular theme even today.

Barbara Stanwyck and Gary CooperMeet John Doe - 1941: The Frank Capra classic set in the Great Depression era that pits the common man against the political masters. You can't be a fan of old movies until you watch Frank Capra's old movies. This one premiered seventy years ago, and it still stirs our emotions and thoughts now. It is as timely as if it were produced today.

John Wayne and Gail Russell in Angel and the Bad ManAngel and the Bad Man - 1947: One of the great teachers of the Secret Law of Attraction is Dr. Joe Vitale . . . but before he was even born actor John Wayne paid for and produced this Cowboy Western that featured The Law of Attraction.

James Cagney in The Time of Your LifeThe Time of Your Life - 1948: James Cagney financed this strangely different feel-good movie, and he plays the part of Joe, a barfly that tries to live his life by making everyone around him better. I watch this one often, and try to become more like Joe every day.

Joe E. Brown in Painted FacesPainted Faces - 1929: Comedy legend Joe E. Brown is a circus clown in a surprisingly serious role as a juror in a Christmas week murder trial who tells the other jurors a story that will change their verdicts in a pre-code drama that could not have been made a few years later.

Cary Grant and Audry Hepburn in CharadeCharade - 1963: It doesn't get much better than Cary Grant and Audry Hepburn in a tale of death, deception, spies and lost wealth as a woman tries to sort out the good guys from the bad guys in this cold-war spy thriller love story.

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