Long Shot (January 6, 1939)
Released on January 6, 1936: Kindly old Henry Sharon's horses never win at the track because someone is sabotaging his races, but when he discovers the treachery he has one last chance, but it is a long shot.
Directed by Charles Lamont
Written by Harry Beresford, George Callaghan and Eward Adamson.
The Actors: Gordon Jones (Jeff Clayton), Marsha Hunt (Martha Sharon), C. Henry Gordon (Lew Ralston), George Meeker (Dell Baker), Harry Davenport (Henry Sharon), George E. Stone (Danny Welch), Frank Darien (Zeb Jenkins), Tom Kennedy (Mike Claurens), Emerson Treacy (Henry Knox), Gay Seabrook (Helen Knox), Benny Burt (Joe Popopopolis), Jimmy Robinson (Tucky), Joe Hernandez (racing announcer), James Keefe (racing announcer), Wilson Benge (groom), Dorothy Fay (Betty Ralston), Earl Hodgins (Collins), Wilbur Mack (bookie), Carl Meyer (jockey), Lee Phelps (motorcycle cop), Norman Phillips Jr. (jjockey), Jason Robards Sr. (doctor), Claire Rochelle (nurse).
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I was going to start this review by saying that rich people think that laws don't apply to them. They can do any dirty trick and break any law with impunity to get away with it. But that is not totally true . . . people are people, whether rich or poor. There are even poor people who think that they can get away with murder and the law will never catch up to them. The only difference is that rich people have a greater ability to do dastardly evil because of the power of their cash. And they are more exciting to watch in an old movie! Ah, but thanks to the law of attraction . . . when a man does dirty to another man, whether rich or poor, he will always reap the harvest of what he plants. That is not conspiracy, and is not dependent on the Hays Office, it is just the way this universe has always worked, from the days of Cain and Able right up to today. When rich people use their money and power to attempt to control other men and women, they always end up in worse shape than those that they try to manipulate. They forget one of the basic laws of the universe: People are meant to be loved, and things are meant to be used - if you get that backwards, there is nothing but trouble ahead.
In this horse racing adventure wealthy old lovable Henry Sharon races horses, but he always loses. Why? Because evil Lew Ralston wants to marry Henry's young beautiful daughter Martha, and he will do anything to make that happen. Wealthy Lew Ralston also races horses, and he pays enough bad guys to make sure that his horses always win, and Henry's horses always lose. His goal is to bankrupt Henry so that Martha will be forced to marry him for his money. And he is succeeding magnificently, until old Henry suddenly dies, nearly penniless, and Martha agrees to marry evil Lew.
If you enjoy the ponies, pop your white kernel popcorn and watch as the real race horse "Denmore Chief" plays the part of our hero's long shot horse, "Certified Check," and finally brings evil Lew his just rewards. Martha will also get together with young Jeff, an honest but poor horse racing man. Their 'Long Shot' in the big Santa Anita race will be good enough to maybe even bring Dad Sharon back from the dead!
|Marsha Hunt and Gordon Jones||C. Henry Gordon and Marsha Hunt|
|Benny Burt||Benny Burt, Lee Phelps and Gordon Jones|
|Benny Burt and Tom Kennedy||C. Henry Gordon|
|C. Henry Gordon and Dorothy Fay||C. Henry Gordon, Dorothy Fay and Marsha Hunt|
|Dorothy Fay - 1939||Earle Hodgins|
|Emerson Treacy and Gay Seabrook||Frank Darien|
|George E. Stone||George E. Stone and Gordon Jones|
|George Meeker and C. Henry Gordon||Harry Davenport|
|Harry Davenport - 1939||Harry Davenport and Gordon Jones|
|Harry Davenport and Marsha Hunt||Jason Robards Sr. and Harry Davenport|
|Jimmy Robinson||Jimmy Robinson and Gordon Jones|
|Gordon Jones and Jimmy Robinson||Gordon Jones, George E. Stone and Marsha Hunt|