The Return of October

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The Return of October
Directed by Joseph H. Lewis
Produced by Rudolph Maté
Written by Melvin Frank
Norman Panama
Story by Karen DeWolf
Connie Lee
Starring Glenn Ford
Terry Moore
Music by George Duning
Cinematography William Snyder
Edited by Gene Havlick
Columbia Pictures Corporation
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • October 26, 1948 (1948-10-26) (United States)
Running time
98 mins.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1 million[1]

The Return of October is a 1948 American comedy film directed by Joseph H. Lewis and starring Glenn Ford and Terry Moore.


Terry is a teenage girl whose Uncle Willy, a horse trainer, dreams of winning the Derby. He bets everything on his horse Sunset, then collapses and dies after it loses.

Now living with wealthy Aunt Martha, the girl is convinced that Uncle Willy has been reincarnated as a horse named October. A psychology professor, Bentley Bassett, writes a book about Terry, which is used in a sanity hearing against her by crooked relatives who want dying Aunt Martha's money.

Bassett uses college funds to help Terry buy the horse. They enter October in the Derby, where other bettors join them in cheering "Uncle Willy" to victory.


Actor Role
Glenn Ford Prof. Bassett Jr.
Albert Sharpe Vince
Terry Moore Terry
James Gleason Uncle Willie
Dame May Whitty Martha
Samuel S. Hinds Judge
Lloyd Corrigan Mr.Dutton Attorney
Henry O'Neill Hotchkiss


  • Feature films, 1940-1949: A United States Filmography, by Alan G. Fetrow

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