The Thoroughbred (August 10, 1930)

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The Thoroughbred
 

Released on August 10, 1930: A young cocky jockey falls for a blonde temptress who lures him into a casino where the owner blackmails him into losing the big race.

Directed by Richard Thorpe

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)

 

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

I 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.

Judith Barrett and Wesley Barry
Judith Barrett and Wesley Barry
Clarence Muse
Clarence Muse
George Cleveland and Larry Steers
George Cleveland and Larry Steers
George Cleveland and Wesley Barry
George Cleveland and Wesley Barry
Judith Barrett
Judith Barrett
Judith Barrett and Robert Homans
Judith Barrett and Robert Homans
Judith Barrett, Robert Homans and Walter Perry
Judith Barrett, Robert Homans and Walter Perry
Judith Barrett and Robert Homans
Judith Barrett and Robert Homans
Judith Barrett and Wesley Barry
Judith Barrett and Wesley Barry
Judith Barrett and Wesley Barry
Judith Barrett and Wesley Barry
Judith Barrett
Judith Barrett
Judith Barrett kisses Wesley Barry
Judith Barrett kisses Wesley Barry
Judith Barrett
Judith Barrett
Larry Steers
Larry Steers
Larry Steers, Wesley Barrett and Pauline Garon
Larry Steers, Wesley Barrett and Pauline Garon
Larry Steers and Wesley Barrett
Larry Steers and Wesley Barrett
Larry Steers and Robert Homans
Larry Steers and Robert Homans
Larry Steers
Larry Steers
Madame Sul-Te-Wan and Onest Conley
Madame Sul-Te-Wan and Onest Conley
Madame Sul-Te-Wan and Onest Conley
Madame Sul-Te-Wan and Onest Conley
Madame Sul-Te-Wan
Madame Sul-Te-Wan
Mildred Washington and Onest Conley
Mildred Washington and Onest Conley
Mildred Washington
Mildred Washington
Onest Conley
Onest Conley
Onest Conley and Clarence Muse
Onest Conley and Clarence Muse
Onest Conley and Mildred Washington
Onest Conley and Mildred Washington
Onest Conley and Wesley Barry
Onest Conley and Wesley Barry
Onest Conley and Wesley Barry
Onest Conley and Wesley Barry
Onest Conley
Onest Conley
Pauline Garon
Pauline Garon
Pauline Garon gives Wesley Barry 'the look'
Pauline Garon gives Wesley Barry 'the look'
Pauline Garon
Pauline Garon
Robert Homans
Robert Homans
Robert Homans and Walter Perry
Robert Homans and Walter Perry
Robert Homans and Wesley Barry
Robert Homans and Wesley Barry
Robert Homans
Robert Homans
Walter Perry
Walter Perry
Walter Perry and Robert Homans
Walter Perry and Robert Homans
Walter Perry
Walter Perry
Walter Perry
Walter Perry
Wesley Barry
Wesley Barry
Wesley Barry and Pauline Garon
Wesley Barry and Pauline Garon
Wesley Barry and Pauline Garon
Wesley Barry and Pauline Garon
Wesley Barry faces Robert Homans
Wesley Barry faces Robert Homans
Wesley Barry meets Pauline Garon
Wesley Barry meets Pauline Garon
Wesley Barry
Wesley Barry