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County Fair (1937)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 24 November 1937 (USA)
A jockey is unjustly accused of drugging his horse at the county fair, having been framed by a jealous rival. He leaves town with a friend, and tries to make a new start. As they are ... See full summary »


Howard Bretherton


John T. Neville (original story and screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
John Arledge ... John Hope
Mary Lawrence Mary Lawrence ... Julie Williams (as Mary Lou Lender)
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Calvin Williams - Julie's Father
Fuzzy Knight ... Whitey the Trainer
Jimmy Butler ... Buddy Williams - Julie's Brother
Harry Worth ... Turner the Gambler
Matty Roubert ... Snipe - Turner's Jockey
William Hunter William Hunter ... Dutch - Turner Henchman
Henry Hall ... Commisioner
Edwin Mordant Edwin Mordant ... Mr. Brooks, Moon Glow's Owner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Horace Murphy ... Pick Up Driver Towing the Boys
Charles Murray ... Sheriff


A jockey is unjustly accused of drugging his horse at the county fair, having been framed by a jealous rival. He leaves town with a friend, and tries to make a new start. As they are traveling, they discover a very fast horse which is owned by a brother and sister who live on a farm, and they all decide to enter the horse in a race. But the father of the two young persons refuses to allow the horse to be used for anything except farm work. Written by Snow Leopard

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SEE the excitement of the midway at the fair! (original print ad) See more »


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

24 November 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kentucky Carnival See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was first telecast in New York City Monday 7 June 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Chicago Thursday 13 December 1948 on WBKB (Channel 4) and in Los Angeles Sunday 12 June 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

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I Wonder If They'll Win The Race
19 August 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

John Arledge is a great jockey at the county fairs. He wins .... and crooked Harry Worth gets him disqualified for hypoing his mount; in reality, Worth had his henchmen stick a needle in the animal. Arledge is fined all his savings, and disqualified from being a jockey, so he and trainer Fuzzy Knight go on a road trip. They spot Jimmy Butler riding his horse, and realize what a great racing animal he is. Mary Lawrence, Butler's sister is pretty cute too. They plan to run him in the county fair, but their father, J. Farrell MacDonald is a sourpuss who thinks that everyone on a farm is there to work, including the racehorse his late wife bought for their son.

There's little in this second feature from Grand National that will surprise anyone who has ever seen a racing movie before, the youthful cast is lively and enthusiastic, and Knight, for a change, is pretty good in what is a supporting role. The only question is how hard MacDonald can scowl, and he does so pretty hard.

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