Thoroughbreds Don't Cry
|Thoroughbreds Don't Cry|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Alfred E. Green|
|Produced by||Harry Rapf|
|Written by||Eleanore Griffin (story)
J. Walter Ruben (story)
Dalton Trumbo (uncredited)
Harold Gould (uncredited)
C. Aubrey Smith
|Editing by||Elmo Veron|
|Release dates||December 3, 1937|
|Running time||80 minutes|
Cricket West (Garland) is a hopeful actress with a pair of vocal cords that bring down the house. Along with her eccentric aunt, she plays host to the local jockeys, whose leader is the cocky but highly skilled Timmie Donovan (Rooney). When a young English gentleman comes to town convincing Donovan to ride his horse in a high stakes race, the plot breaks into a speeding gallop. Donovan is disqualified from racing, but Cricket wins the race.
The first film to feature Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland had only one song written for it, which was "Got A Brand New Pair Of Shoes," performed by Garland.
Thoroughbreds Don't Cry features Rooney as a jockey famous for his daring come-from-behind wins in the stretch and Garland as the granddaughter of Sophie Tucker, who runs a jockey's boardinghouse where Rooney resides. Into their lives comes C. Aubrey Smith and his young grandson (Ronald Sinclair) who are titled but cash poor with only one asset, a prize-winning stakes horse called The Pookah.
Donovan's the best there is at his profession, but he's fatally compromised because of a no-good gambler of a father in Charles D. Brown who pretends he's on death's door. That's to extort a pledge from Donovan to throw the race The Pookah is running in. Donovan does it and finds out he's been framed.
Sinclair substitutes for Freddie Bartholomew, for whom this role was originally intended. But the chemistry with Mickey and Judy was readily apparent and MGM would team them several more times until Words and Music in 1948, which was Mickey's last film for MGM. The film features a cameo appearance from Frankie Darro as Dink Reed.
- Mickey Rooney as Timmie Donovan
- Judy Garland as Cricket West
- Sophie Tucker as Mother Ralph
- C. Aubrey Smith as Sir Peter Calverton
- Ronald Sinclair as Roger Calverton
According to MGM records the film earned $426,000 in the US and Canada and $305,000 elsewhere resulting in a loss of $29,000.
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- Thoroughbreds Don't Cry at the TCM Movie Database
- Thoroughbreds Don't Cry at the Internet Movie Database
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