Sporting Blood (1931 film)

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Sporting Blood
Directed by Charles Brabin
Produced by Marion Davies
Screenplay by Charles Brabin
Based on Horse Flesh
1930 The Saturday Evening Post
by Frederick Brennan
Starring Clark Gable
Ernest Torrence
Madge Evans
Music by William Axt
Cinematography Harold Rosson
Edited by William S. Gray (uncredited)
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • August 8, 1931 (1931-08-08)
Running time
82 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $302,000[1]
Box office $893,000[1]

Sporting Blood is a 1931 American MGM sports drama film directed by Charles Brabin. The film stars Clark Gable (in his first starring role), Ernest Torrence and Madge Evans. Two other pictures bore this same title, one released in 1916 by Fox and another by MGM in Sporting Blood (1940). Although they, too, centered on horse racing, none of the plots had any direct connection with the others.


Gambler Rid Riddell (Clark Gable) works for Tip Scanlon (Lew Cody), a crooked gambler, who buys Tommy-Boy, a racehorse from a wealthy man whose spoiled wife loses interest. Tip and Rid consistently win with the horse in both honestly and dishonestly run races. But before long, Tommy Boy loses a race he wasn't supposed to, and the mob is after Tip.

Tip is murdered but not before giving Tommy Boy to his girl friend who sets out to rehabilitate herself and the horse. The horse rebounds. After an attempt at sabotage, the horse wins the Kentucky Derby and Rid wins the girl.


Box Office[edit]

According to MGM records the film earned $547,000 in the US and Canada and $346,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $148,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .

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