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Although a Sep 1931 FD news item noted that Robert Warwick and Frank Mayo were cast in the film, their appearance in the released picture has not been confirmed. This film was reviewed in Har in Nov 1931, but was not listed as being released nationally until Feb 1933. According to contemporary sources, the racetrack scenes were filmed at Agua Caliente, ... More Less

Although a Sep 1931 FD news item noted that Robert Warwick and Frank Mayo were cast in the film, their appearance in the released picture has not been confirmed. This film was reviewed in Har in Nov 1931, but was not listed as being released nationally until Feb 1933. According to contemporary sources, the racetrack scenes were filmed at Agua Caliente, Mexico. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
13 Sep 31
p. 5.
Film Daily
7 Mar 33
p. 2.
Harrison's Reports
14 Nov 31
p. 182.
Motion Picture Herald
11 Mar 33
p. 24.
New York Times
6 Mar 33
p. 16.
Variety
7 Mar 33
p. 54.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANIES
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dir of racing scenes
Asst to James Cruze
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Story
Adpt and dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
FILM EDITOR
SOUND
Rec eng
Rec eng
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 February 1933
Production Date:
1931
Copyright Claimant:
World Wide Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
25 February 1933
Copyright Number:
LP3683
Physical Properties:
Sound
R.C.A. Photophone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
78-79 or 83
Length(in feet):
7,037
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Joe Tomasso, an Italian American bookie, loses $60,000 on a horse race, he is no longer able to afford eating at expensive restaurants, and must now get his meals at cheap lunchrooms. One day, while eating at a lunchroom, Joe witnesses a young boy stealing a roll, after which the owner hauls him off to jail. After getting the boy, Jackie, released from jail, Joe learns that he is a homeless orphan and decides to adopt him. Soon Jackie tells Joe that he wants to be a jockey, and Joe consents to it on the condition that he ride straight. Two years pass, and Jackie, now an apprentice jockey, is located by his mother Myra Curtis, who left him when he was a boy, but now tries to get him back. When Jackie asks Joe's permission to ride Joe's prize horse, "Warrior," in an upcoming race, Joe refuses. Upset, Jackie throws a pebble at a horse, which causes it to rear and unseat its rider, Kent, who receives an injury from the fall. Myra witnesses her son's bad behavior and tells Joe that the track has corrupted the boy. Joe, realizing that the Jackie's place is with his mother, devises a plan to get him away from the tracks forever. After instructing Jackie to throw the next race, Joe tells the judges about the boy's action and he is disqualified from riding for good. Joe then lies to Jackie, telling him that the only reason he adopted him was to use him to ride crooked. Jackie leaves the track with Myra, but Joe, sad that he lost ... +


When Joe Tomasso, an Italian American bookie, loses $60,000 on a horse race, he is no longer able to afford eating at expensive restaurants, and must now get his meals at cheap lunchrooms. One day, while eating at a lunchroom, Joe witnesses a young boy stealing a roll, after which the owner hauls him off to jail. After getting the boy, Jackie, released from jail, Joe learns that he is a homeless orphan and decides to adopt him. Soon Jackie tells Joe that he wants to be a jockey, and Joe consents to it on the condition that he ride straight. Two years pass, and Jackie, now an apprentice jockey, is located by his mother Myra Curtis, who left him when he was a boy, but now tries to get him back. When Jackie asks Joe's permission to ride Joe's prize horse, "Warrior," in an upcoming race, Joe refuses. Upset, Jackie throws a pebble at a horse, which causes it to rear and unseat its rider, Kent, who receives an injury from the fall. Myra witnesses her son's bad behavior and tells Joe that the track has corrupted the boy. Joe, realizing that the Jackie's place is with his mother, devises a plan to get him away from the tracks forever. After instructing Jackie to throw the next race, Joe tells the judges about the boy's action and he is disqualified from riding for good. Joe then lies to Jackie, telling him that the only reason he adopted him was to use him to ride crooked. Jackie leaves the track with Myra, but Joe, sad that he lost the boy, knows that Jackie will forever be an honest bookie. +

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