Kentucky Blue Streak (May 1, 1935)

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Kentucky Blue Streak
 

Released on May 1, 1935: A proud Kentucky horse farm widow needs to win the Kentucky Derby to save the farm, but son and jocky Johnny is in a California jail.

Directed by Bernard B. Ray

The Actors: Edward J. Nugent (Martin Marion), Frank Coghlan Jr. (Johnny Bradley), Patricia Scott (Mary Bradley), Cornelius Keefe (District Attorney Barton Pierce), Margaret Mann (Mrs. Martha Bradley), Roy D'Arcy (Harry Johnson), Ben Holmes (bellhop Holmes), Spec O'Donnell (bellhop O'Donnell), Harry Harvey (fair barker, radio announcer), Roger Williams (Deputy), Joseph W. Girard (Warden Carlson), Walter Downing (newspaper editor Bill), Roy Watson (Colonel Seymour), Ben Carter (waiter and African American octette leader), Buster Brodie (jockey), Ken Broeker (cop), C.C. Burr (jockey), Jack Cheatham (cop at race track), Al Corporal (old Tom), David Gross (shoeshine boy), Clifford Holland (messenger), Frank Meredith (cop), Joe Schilling (hot dog attendant), Nate D. Slott (bookie), Genevieve Williams (Bradley's maid)

 

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Somebody Bet on the Bay

Churchill Downs and the famous Kentucky Derby horse race . . . if you are a fan of the sport of Kings, and would like to watch a horse race at the famous track in 1935 . . . this is your opportunity. Sure, there is a murder, prison escape, evil Kentucky District Attorney who wants to foreclose on a famous old family breeding farm near Churchill Downs, and the young son of the farms who must win the Derby with his horse Blue Streak or lose the farm. But it is all just a build-up to the last few minutes when we watch a full race at the famous track and I double-dog dare you to watch it without passion . . . I am not what anyone would call a racing fan, but as the horses race around that famous track and the announcer excitedly describes the action . . . my heart beats faster and the excitement keeps me from munching my popcorn . . . I just couldn't help it. Pop Bradley of the famous Cloverdale Farms is dead and his widow and son and daughter try to carry on, but they are just scraping by with the help of loans from long time neighbor Barton Pierce, who just happens to be the local District Attorney and a race horse breeder also. Son Johnny is a jockey in California, but when he is unjustly accused of murder and put in prison, things don't look very good for the folks back home on the farm. His sister Mary has raised a horse with the potential to win the race, but she not only lacks the entrance fee for the Kentucky Derby but it looks like brother Johnny will not be able to ride the horse in the Derby if he is still in prison. Johnny breaks out of prison in California and makes his way back to Kentucky with plans to win the race and then return to prison. But evil District Attorney Barton Pierce not only loans young Mary the money to enter the race - having her sign away the farm if she loses, but then plans to arrest Johnny before the race begins so that his horse can win the Derby, getting all the winning money from the race, and the Cloverdale farms to boot. The race is about to begin . . . Johnny is about to be arrested and stopped from riding in the race . . . and there is no apparent way to either win the Kentucky Derby or to save the farm . . . unless the handsome and resourceful young reporter from California can intervene to save the day! Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Ben Holmes and Spec O'Donnell
Ben Holmes and Spec O'Donnell
Cornelius Keefe and Margaret Mann
Cornelius Keefe and Margaret Mann
Cornelius Keefe and Roy Watson
Cornelius Keefe and Roy Watson
David Gross
David Gross
Edward J. Nugent and Frank Coghlan Jr.
Edward J. Nugent and Frank Coghlan Jr.
Edward J. Nugent and Harry Harvey
Edward J. Nugent and Harry Harvey
Edward J. Nugent and Jack Cheatham
Edward J. Nugent and Jack Cheatham
Edward J. Nugent and Roy Watson
Edward J. Nugent and Roy Watson
Edward J. Nugent as reporter Martin Marion
Edward J. Nugent as reporter Martin Marion
Frank Coghlan Jr. and Patricia Scott
Frank Coghlan Jr. and Patricia Scott
Frank Coghland Jr. as Johnny Bradley
Frank Coghland Jr. as Johnny Bradley
Jack Cheatham discovers that he just arrested the District Attorney
Jack Cheatham discovers that he just arrested the District Attorney
Edward Nugent Jr. and Jack Cheatham
Edward Nugent Jr. and Jack Cheatham
Joseph W. Girard as Prison Warden Carlson
Joseph W. Girard as Prison Warden Carlson
Joseph W. Girard in Kentucky Blue Streak
Joseph W. Girard in Kentucky Blue Streak
Margaret Mann and Patricia Scott
Margaret Mann and Patricia Scott
Margaret Mann as Mrs. Martha Bradley
Margaret Mann as Mrs. Martha Bradley
Patricia Scott and Cornelius Keefe
Patricia Scott and Cornelius Keefe
Patricia Scott and Edward J. Nugent
Patricia Scott and Edward J. Nugent
Patricia Scott as Mary Bradley
Patricia Scott as Mary Bradley
Roy D'Arcy and Frank Coghlan Jr.
Roy D'Arcy and Frank Coghlan Jr.
Roy D'Arcy as hHarry Johnson
Roy D'Arcy as hHarry Johnson
Walter DOwning and Edward J. Nugent
Walter DOwning and Edward J. Nugent
Walter Downing as newspaper editor Bill
Walter Downing as newspaper editor Bill