Salty O'Rourke (1945)

97 or 100 mins | Comedy-drama | 4 May 1945

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Cinematographer:

Theodor Sparkuhl

Editor:

William Shea

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, Haldane Douglas

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

This film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay). Alan Ladd reprised his role in a 26 Nov 1945 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast, co-starring William ... More Less

This film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay). Alan Ladd reprised his role in a 26 Nov 1945 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast, co-starring William Demarest. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
24 Feb 1945.
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Daily Variety
21 Feb 45
p. 3.
Film Daily
23 Feb 45
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Sep 44
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Oct 44
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Feb 45
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Mar 45
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Apr 45
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
9 Dec 44
p. 2216.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
24 Feb 45
p. 2329.
New York Times
26 Apr 45
p. 26.
Variety
21 Feb 45
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITER
Orig story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Asst process photog
Asst process photog
Spec photog eff
Asst spec photog eff
Asst spec photog eff
Asst spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
DETAILS
Release Date:
4 May 1945
Premiere Information:
Arizona opening: 22 March 1945
New York opening: 25 Aprilil 1945
Production Date:
late August--late October 1944
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
16 February 1945
Copyright Number:
LP13241
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
97 or 100
Length(in feet):
8,982
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In New Orleans, racetrack gambler Salty O'Rourke gets into trouble with gangster Doc Baxter, "the Bookmaker," when Salty's partner runs off with Baxter's $20,000 and is consequently murdered. Baxter gives Salty thirty days to come up with the money. Salty hocks his expensive cufflinks and buys a hot-tempered horse named "Whipper," with plans to win the Delington Handicap in California. Salty recruits twenty-one-year-old Johnny Cate, who is hiding out in Mexico after being banned from racing for fixing a race. Posing as his seventeen-year-old brother Timothy, Johnny arrives with Salty and his trainer, Smitty, in Delington, where Johnny is forced to attend jockey school. The beautiful young teacher, Barbara Brooks, expels Johnny immediately for his "fresh" mouth and insolence, but Salty gets him back in school by befriending Barbara and her mother. Although Johnny becomes infatuated with Barbara, she falls in love with Salty, who is only interested in winning the race. At Salty's request, Barbara invites Johnny to her house for individual tutoring and tries to reform him. She then chooses Johnny as her escort for the jockey ball the night before the race, and at the ball, Johnny proposes to her. She gently turns him down in favor of Salty, and Johnny vows revenge against him. Barbara accuses Salty of using her and tearfully confesses her love to him, causing Salty to take notice of her for the first time. Meanwhile, Baxter, who has arrived in town, makes a deal with Johnny to double-cross Salty. At the track the next day, Smitty's friend Tony tells him that he saw Johnny and Baxter together at the steambaths, and Salty confronts Johnny, ... +


In New Orleans, racetrack gambler Salty O'Rourke gets into trouble with gangster Doc Baxter, "the Bookmaker," when Salty's partner runs off with Baxter's $20,000 and is consequently murdered. Baxter gives Salty thirty days to come up with the money. Salty hocks his expensive cufflinks and buys a hot-tempered horse named "Whipper," with plans to win the Delington Handicap in California. Salty recruits twenty-one-year-old Johnny Cate, who is hiding out in Mexico after being banned from racing for fixing a race. Posing as his seventeen-year-old brother Timothy, Johnny arrives with Salty and his trainer, Smitty, in Delington, where Johnny is forced to attend jockey school. The beautiful young teacher, Barbara Brooks, expels Johnny immediately for his "fresh" mouth and insolence, but Salty gets him back in school by befriending Barbara and her mother. Although Johnny becomes infatuated with Barbara, she falls in love with Salty, who is only interested in winning the race. At Salty's request, Barbara invites Johnny to her house for individual tutoring and tries to reform him. She then chooses Johnny as her escort for the jockey ball the night before the race, and at the ball, Johnny proposes to her. She gently turns him down in favor of Salty, and Johnny vows revenge against him. Barbara accuses Salty of using her and tearfully confesses her love to him, causing Salty to take notice of her for the first time. Meanwhile, Baxter, who has arrived in town, makes a deal with Johnny to double-cross Salty. At the track the next day, Smitty's friend Tony tells him that he saw Johnny and Baxter together at the steambaths, and Salty confronts Johnny, appealing to his better side. Salty confesses his love to Barbara before the race, but tells her to say good-bye, as he will be running from Baxter following the race. Johnny has a change of heart halfway through the race, and Whipper wins. Baxter's henchman shoots Johnny dead in the racetrack's parking lot. Before confronting Baxter, Salty drops off Barbara, who steals his gun. In Baxter's office, Salty knocks out the light, and because Baxter and his henchman inadvertently shoot each other, Salty avoids a murder charge. Later, as Smitty drives Barbara and Salty out of town, she returns his gun, which he discards, then kisses her. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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