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Two Thoroughbreds (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Family | 8 December 1939 (USA)
A group of gangsters steal the valuable brood-mare "Larkspur" from the Conway Ranch in Arizona. The mare's three-month-old colt tries to follow its dam, but is outdistanced. The lost colt ... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Hively

Writers:

Joseph Fields (story) (as Joseph A. Fields), Joseph Fields (screenplay) (as Joseph A. Fields) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Jimmy Lydon ... David Carey
Joan Leslie ... Wendy Conway (as Joan Brodel)
Arthur Hohl ... Thaddeus Carey
J.M. Kerrigan ... Jack Lenihan
Marjorie Main ... Hildegarde 'Hildy' Carey
Selmer Jackson ... Bill Conway
Spencer Charters ... Doc Purdy
Paul Fix ... Stablemaster
Bob Perry Bob Perry ... Henchman
Al Ferguson Al Ferguson ... Rancher
Frank Darien Frank Darien ... Mr. Beal - the Mailman
Paul Harvey ... Horse Owner
Crystal Jack the Horse Crystal Jack the Horse ... Sunset
Rex the Dog Rex the Dog ... Rajah
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A group of gangsters steal the valuable brood-mare "Larkspur" from the Conway Ranch in Arizona. The mare's three-month-old colt tries to follow its dam, but is outdistanced. The lost colt finds its way to the Carey farm, where David Carey, a 16-year-old orphan, lives with his miserly uncle Thad Carey and his aunt Hildy Carey. David adopts the colt and names it "Sunset." When the colt isn't filling out as David thinks it should be, he goes to the Conway Ranch to consult the head groom, Jack Lenihan. When Bill Conway and his young daughter, Wendy, return to the ranch, David learns that his colt is "Larkspur's" foal, and belongs to the Conways. David goes home and tries to return to colt, but "Sunset" won't leave, and David decides it's a matter of finders-keepers. But the colt breaks a leg and may have to be put down, unless a newly-invented trick of putting a dental-cement cast on a horse's broken leg works for veterinarian 'Doc" Purdy. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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colt | ranch | veterinarian | orphan | mare | See All (51) »

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THREE AGAINST THE WORLD! Unwanted boy, true-blue girl, forgotten colt...in revolt against a world of hate and fear and greed! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Family | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El huérfano de Kentucky See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Sherwood, California, USA See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Connections

Remake of Two in Revolt (1936) See more »

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Pleasant little boy-and-his-horse programmer
17 July 2002 | by luannjimSee all my reviews

This is an RKO B-picture from 1939 that will probably never make it to video, but it just might crop up on Turner Classic Movies or something one of these days. If it does, it's a nice, well-made, unpretentious family-oriented picture that, at just over an hour, certainly doesn't wear out it's welcome.

Jimmy Lydon (a juvenile actor who later starred in the popular "Henry Aldrich" comedies for Paramount) plays David, a teenage orphan who lives on a hardscrabble farm with his nasty, abusive aunt and uncle. When a valuable brood mare is stolen from a neighboring ranch, the mare's foal runs after the thieves but can't keep up. Eventually the young colt wanders tired and hungry into David's barn. David convinces his stingy uncle to let him keep the horse until they can find the owner and see if there's a reward. By the time he finds out where the horse belongs, however, David has grown attached to the animal and can't bring himself to let go. Meanwhile, Uncle Thaddeus is determined to sell the horse or work it to death...

Jimmy Lydon, in his first real role, carries the movie easily, and the rest of the cast is good, too. Marjorie Main as his aunt -- ugly, harsh, and mean -- is certainly a long way from Ma Kettle! Arthur Hohl, as the uncle, is one of those actors you've seen without noticing in countless movies; here he actually gives some human subtlety to a part that is 100% villain. It's a nice job, with probably some credit due to director Jack Hively.

Joan Leslie (billed under her birth name of Joan Brodel) is charming as the daughter of the horse's rightful owner -- and good grief, she looks so YOUNG! (She was only 14 at the time; incredible to think that in only 3 years she'd be playing James Cagney's wife in "Yankee Doodle Dandy"!)


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