Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937)

80 mins | Drama | 3 December 1937

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writer:

Lawrence Hazard

Producer:

Harry Rapf

Cinematographer:

Leonard Smith

Editor:

Elmo Veron

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

This was the first film in which Judy Garland received top billing and was the first of many in which she co-starred with Mickey Rooney. This was also the first M-G-M film for Ronald Sinclair, who changed his name from Ra Hould, by which he was billed in several films prior to his contract with M-G-M. One news item noted that M-G-M planned to change the boy's name to Ronnie St. Clair, but that name was apparently never used. A MPH news item on 31 Jul 1937 noted that Douglas Scott was to replace Freddie Bartholomew in the picture, however, later HR news item noted that Sinclair was to play the role. Bartholomew was involved in a contract dispute and lawsuit with M-G-M at the time. His suit was not settled until mid-October 1937, around the time this picture was completed. Although reviews list Harold Hough as assistant director, SAB lists Charles O'Malley as first assistant director. It is unclear which man was the man assistant director or if both served in different capacities. A news item in MPH in Aug 1937 announced that Lewis Stone and Edna May Oliver were to co-star with Rooney in the picture, however, Stone was replaced by C. Aubrey Smith and Oliver was replaced by Sophie Tucker. Portions of the film were shot on location at Santa Anita Racetrack in San Gabriel, CA. A news item in HR on 17 Mar 1938 reported that a sequel to this film was to be made entitled Thoroughbreds Together; none was made, however. ...

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This was the first film in which Judy Garland received top billing and was the first of many in which she co-starred with Mickey Rooney. This was also the first M-G-M film for Ronald Sinclair, who changed his name from Ra Hould, by which he was billed in several films prior to his contract with M-G-M. One news item noted that M-G-M planned to change the boy's name to Ronnie St. Clair, but that name was apparently never used. A MPH news item on 31 Jul 1937 noted that Douglas Scott was to replace Freddie Bartholomew in the picture, however, later HR news item noted that Sinclair was to play the role. Bartholomew was involved in a contract dispute and lawsuit with M-G-M at the time. His suit was not settled until mid-October 1937, around the time this picture was completed. Although reviews list Harold Hough as assistant director, SAB lists Charles O'Malley as first assistant director. It is unclear which man was the man assistant director or if both served in different capacities. A news item in MPH in Aug 1937 announced that Lewis Stone and Edna May Oliver were to co-star with Rooney in the picture, however, Stone was replaced by C. Aubrey Smith and Oliver was replaced by Sophie Tucker. Portions of the film were shot on location at Santa Anita Racetrack in San Gabriel, CA. A news item in HR on 17 Mar 1938 reported that a sequel to this film was to be made entitled Thoroughbreds Together; none was made, however.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
13 Nov 1937
p. 3
Film Daily
24 Nov 1937
p. 11
Hollywood Reporter
3 Sep 1937
p. 10
Hollywood Reporter
7 Sep 1937
p. 18
Hollywood Reporter
11 Oct 1937
p. 11
Hollywood Reporter
13 Oct 1937
p. 11
Hollywood Reporter
16 Oct 1937
p. 1, 6
Hollywood Reporter
13 Nov 1937
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
17 Mar 1938
p. 1
Motion Picture Daily
19 Nov 1937
p. 29
Motion Picture Herald
31 Jul 1937
p. 71
Motion Picture Herald
14 Aug 1937
p. 44
Motion Picture Herald
30 Oct 1937
p. 43
Motion Picture Herald
20 Nov 1937
p. 34
New York Times
26 Nov 1937
p. 27
Variety
17 Nov 1937
p. 16
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
First asst dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
Contr to dial
Script polishing
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Rec dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Got a Pair of New Shoes," music and lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed.
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
3 December 1937
Production Date:
early Sep--13 Oct 1937
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
24 November 1937
LP7602
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
80
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3824
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Sir Peter Calverton takes his horse "The Pookah" to California to run in the Santa Anita Cup race in the hope of winning enough money to save his financially strapped estate. His grandson Roger and their trainer Wilkins also go along and convince Sir Peter to hire jockey Timmie Donovan. Donovan, though a brilliant jockey, has a reputation for having a "swelled head." He lives at Mother Ralph's boardinghouse along with her niece, Cricket West, and several other jockeys. Timmie and Roger develop a strong friendship as they prepare for the race, and it is only at Roger's urging that Timmie goes to see his estranged father. "Click" Donovan abandoned Timmie as a boy, but now begs him to throw a pre-Cup race so that his friends can win enough to pay for his expensive medical bills. Timmie is reluctant, but finally agrees and throws the race. When The Pookah loses, Sir Peter has a heart attack and dies. Timmie is so remorseful that he disappears, but when he discovers that his father's "illness" is all a ruse, he takes some of the winnings to pay for The Pookah's entrace fees in the Cup race. Click meanwhile arranges for track officials to learn about Timmie's crime. Timmie admits his guilt, exonerating Sir Peter and Roger, but is banned from racing. With Mother Ralph's help, however, Roger is able to qualify and he rides The Pookah to victory. Now financially solvent, Timmie, Roger, Cricket, Wilkins and Mother Ralph are able to ride from racetrack to racetrack in ...

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Sir Peter Calverton takes his horse "The Pookah" to California to run in the Santa Anita Cup race in the hope of winning enough money to save his financially strapped estate. His grandson Roger and their trainer Wilkins also go along and convince Sir Peter to hire jockey Timmie Donovan. Donovan, though a brilliant jockey, has a reputation for having a "swelled head." He lives at Mother Ralph's boardinghouse along with her niece, Cricket West, and several other jockeys. Timmie and Roger develop a strong friendship as they prepare for the race, and it is only at Roger's urging that Timmie goes to see his estranged father. "Click" Donovan abandoned Timmie as a boy, but now begs him to throw a pre-Cup race so that his friends can win enough to pay for his expensive medical bills. Timmie is reluctant, but finally agrees and throws the race. When The Pookah loses, Sir Peter has a heart attack and dies. Timmie is so remorseful that he disappears, but when he discovers that his father's "illness" is all a ruse, he takes some of the winnings to pay for The Pookah's entrace fees in the Cup race. Click meanwhile arranges for track officials to learn about Timmie's crime. Timmie admits his guilt, exonerating Sir Peter and Roger, but is banned from racing. With Mother Ralph's help, however, Roger is able to qualify and he rides The Pookah to victory. Now financially solvent, Timmie, Roger, Cricket, Wilkins and Mother Ralph are able to ride from racetrack to racetrack in comfort.

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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