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Long Shot (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 6 January 1939 (USA)
Henry Sharon is about to be ruined financially by rival stable owner Lew Ralston when he gets an idea to fake his own death. His prize horse Certified Check is bequeathed to niece Martha, a young woman Ralston had hoped to marry.


Charles Lamont


Ewart Adamson (screenplay), Harry Beresford (original story) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Gordon Jones ... Jeff Clayton
Marsha Hunt ... Martha Sharon
C. Henry Gordon ... Lew Ralston
George Meeker ... Dell Baker
Harry Davenport ... Henry Sharon
George E. Stone ... Danny Welch
Frank Darien Frank Darien ... Zeb Jenkins
Tom Kennedy ... Mike Claurens
Emerson Treacy ... Henry Knox
Gay Seabrook Gay Seabrook ... Helen Knox
Benny Burt Benny Burt ... Joe Popopopolis (as Ben Burt)
Jimmy Robinson Jimmy Robinson ... Tucky (as James Robinson)
Denmore Chief Denmore Chief ... Certified Check
Joe Hernandez Joe Hernandez ... Racing Announcer
James Keefe James Keefe ... Racing Announcer


Henry Sharon is about to be ruined financially by rival stable owner Lew Ralston when he gets an idea to fake his own death. His prize horse Certified Check is bequeathed to niece Martha, a young woman Ralston had hoped to marry.

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Release Date:

6 January 1939 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first documented telecasts of this film occurred in New York City Saturday 18 November 1944 on NBC's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1), and Monday 21 October 1946 on the Dumont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5), in Los Angeles Sunday 9 May 1948 on Dumont's KTLA (Channel 5), in Baltimore Saturday 5 June 1948 on WBAL (Channel 11), in Chicago Saturday 24 July 1948 on WGN (Channel 9), in Detroit Thursday 25 August 1949 on WJBK (Channel 2), and in Cincinnati Sunday 13 November 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7). See more »

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Teaching a Horse To Sing Like Al Jolson
13 January 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Harry Davenport has had a string of terrible losses and has lost his stable and his ranch. He wills his last good horse to niece Marsha Hunt and pal Gordon Jones, sets the horse free, and fakes his own death. Miss Hunt and Mr. Jones proceed to figure out what to do, with the usual misunderstandings along the way.

I'm reminded of a story about Al Jolson. He was touring in a show about horse racing. In the middle, he stopped the show and turned to the audience. "Folks," he said, "The horse wins the race and the boy gets the girl. Would you rather see that or do you want me to sing?"

Given the muddled script with the subpar writer Ewart Adamson credited, I didn't expect much. However, competent B director Charles Lamont has an interesting cast, including C. Henry Gordon, George Meeker, George E. Stone and Tom Kennedy. With them, he has taken a a bog-standard script and pushed a little life into it. It's not a good movie by any means, but it's worth watching to the end once.

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