The Great Mike (November 15, 1944)
Released on November 15, 1944: Family Teen Comedy about a boy, his dog and his horse. The horse, named 'Mike' is entered into races and becomes a winner, despite the odds against him.
Produced by Leon Fromkess
Directed by Wallace Fox
Written by Raymond L. Schrock
The Actors: Stuart Erwin (Jay Spencer), Robert 'Buzz' Henry (Jimmy Dolan), Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer (Speck), Edythe Elliott (Mrs. Dolan), Pierre Watkin (Colonel Whitley), Gwen Kenyon (Erin Dolan), Bob Meredith (William 'Sandy' McKay), William Halligan (Doc Scott), Lane Chandler (Sam Hildur), Marion Martin (Kitty Tremaine), Ed Cassidy (Dr. Pronnett), Eddie Rocco (Bill Slagle), Charles King (Doc Slagle), Leon Tyler (Junior), Budd Buster (race spectator), Mauritz Hugo (Ace Carroll, gambler)
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A Boy and His Dog and His Horse
If you are a ten year old that likes movies, this one is just for you! Little Jimmy Dolan has a horse named Mike, a dog named Corky, and a friend named Speck. He lives on a farm with his mother and older sister, and he loves horses and horseraces.
His horse 'Mike' pulls the cart that Jimmy and Speck use on their paper route. His older sister starts dating a washed-up jockey. When a Kentucky horse-breeder moves in the neighborhood, Jimmy runs Mike against one of the fastest horses that the Kentucky breeder has, and Mike almost wins. But then a movie star buys Mike from Jimmy's uncle, and Jimmy is devistated. Jimmy manages to get Mike back, but then some evil horse race 'fixers' try to drug Mike so that their horse can beat Mike.
You'll find more great plot and drama in this one than in many 'adult' films of the period, and, by the way, I'm just a bit over ten years old, and I enjoyed the heck out of this one, and I'm betting that you will too. But wait till the kids are around, because they will enjoy it too. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Robert 'Buzz' Henry
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
Alfalfa Switzer and Corky the dog
Carl Switzer and Buzz Henry
Corky the dog and Buzz Henry
Edythe Elliott and Robert Henry
Gwen Kenyon and Edythe Elliott
Lane Chandler and Ed Cassidy
Lane Chandler and Marion Martin
Robert 'Buzz' Henry
Stuart Erwin and Pierre Watkin