The Long Shot (January 6, 1939)

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The Long Shot
 

Released on January 6, 1939: (running time 67 minutes) A crooked race horse owner tries to put his rival out of business to force his daughter to marry him.

Produced by Franklyn Warner and Charles Lamont

Directed by Charles Lamont

The Actors: Gordon Jones (Jeff Clayton), Marsha Hunt (Martha Sharon), C. Henry Gordon (Lew Ralston), George Meeker (Dell Baker, Ralston's horse trainer), Harry Davenport (Henry Sharon), George E. Stone (Danny Welch), Frank Darien (Zeb Jenkins, Sharon's lawyer), Tom Kennedy (Mike Claurens, furniture mover), Emerson Treacy (Henry Knox), Gay Seabrook (Helen Knox), Benny Burt (Joe Popopopolis, moving van company president), Jimmy Robinson (Tucky), Joe Hernandez (racing announcer), James Keefe (racing announcer), Wilson Benge (groom), Dorothy Fay (Betty Stuart, Ralston's niece), Earle Hodgins (Collins), Lee Phelps (motorcycle cop), Wilbur Mack (bookmaker), Carl Meyer (jocky), Norman Phillips Jr. (jockey), Jason Robards Sr. (doctor), Claire Rochelle (nurse)

 

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The Horse Trainer, The Rancher’s Daughter, and the Ghost Horse Whisperer

As I write this, there are only two actors in the history of motion pictures that have been in three consecutive Best Picture Academy Awards. Character actor Harry Davenport was in the 1937 winner for Best Motion Picture, and again in the 1938 and 1939 Academy Award Best Motion Pictures. The 1939 winner for Best Motion Picture was “Gone with the Wind,” and the cast and crew honored seventy-three-year-old Harry Davenport with a special award because he had been a professional actor for sixty-nine of those years.

Harry Davenport was born into a family of stage actors, going back to Jack Johnson, an Irish stage actor in the 1700’s. After co-founding the Actors’ Equity Association in 1913 with Eddy Foy, Harry Davenport left Broadway to work in front of the motion picture cameras. His is the face that every fan of classic movies recognizes, even if his name isn’t well known. He is credited with having the longest active acting career in American history, from Broadway to motion pictures, appearing in front of audiences for seventy-nine years. His final motion picture opened a couple of months after his sudden death in 1949.

In this horse racing adventure, he is “Pop” Henry Sharon, the owner of a ranch with several racing horses. Unfortunately, another race horse owner is fixing every race so that Pop will not win. Things get so bad that Pop will lose his ranch, his best horses, and finally, his niece Martha will be forced to marry the scoundrel that caused Pop to lose everything, just to avoid bankruptcy. Getting out of this mess will be a long shot, but that’s what movie stories are all about. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Benny Burt
Benny Burt
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Benny Burt, Lee Phelps, Gordon Jones
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Benny Burt, Tom Kennedy
Benny Burt
Benny Burt
C. Henry Gordon
C. Henry Gordon
C. Henry Gordon and Dorothy Fay
C. Henry Gordon and Dorothy Fay
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C. Henry Gordon and Marsha Hunt
Dorothy Fay
Dorothy Fay
Earle Hodgins
Earle Hodgins
Earle Hodgins
Earle Hodgins
Emerson Treacy and Gay Seabrook
Emerson Treacy and Gay Seabrook
Frank Darien
Frank Darien
Frank Darien and Harry Davenport
Frank Darien and Harry Davenport
George E. Stone
George E. Stone
George E. Stone and Gordon Jones
George E. Stone and Gordon Jones
George E. Stone, Marsha Hunt, Gordon Jones
George E. Stone, Marsha Hunt, Gordon Jones
George E. Stone
George E. Stone
George Meeker, C. Henry Gordon
George Meeker, C. Henry Gordon
Gordon Jones
Gordon Jones
Gordon Jones, George E. Stone, Marsha Hunt
Gordon Jones, George E. Stone, Marsha Hunt
Gordon Jones, George E. Stone
Gordon Jones, George E. Stone
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Gordon Jones, Lee Phelps, Marsha Hunt
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Gordon Jones, Marsha Hunt
Harry Davenport
Harry Davenport
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Harry Davenport and Denmore Chief
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Harry Davenport
Harry Davenport
Harry Davenport
Harry Davenport
Harry Davenport
Jason Robards Sr. and Harry Davenport
Jason Robards Sr. and Harry Davenport
Jimmy Robinson
Jimmy Robinson
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Jimmy Robinson, Gordon Jones
Jimmy Robinson, Gordon Jones
Jimmy Robinson, Gordon Jones
Jimmy Robinson
Jimmy Robinson
Jimmy Robinson
Jimmy Robinson
Marsha Hunt
Marsha Hunt
Marsha Hunt, Gordon Jones
Marsha Hunt, Gordon Jones
Marsha Hunt, Harry Davenport
Marsha Hunt, Harry Davenport
Marsha Hunt, Harry Davenport
Marsha Hunt, Harry Davenport
Marsha Hunt and Jimmy Robinson
Marsha Hunt and Jimmy Robinson
Marsha Hunt
Marsha Hunt
Marsha Hunt
Marsha Hunt
Tom Kennedy and Marsha Hunt
Tom Kennedy and Marsha Hunt