My Old Kentucky Home (1922)

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Other than the title, this horseracing melodrama had little to do with the Stephen Foster song. Kentucky native Richard Goodloe (Monte Blue) goes to New York to make his fortune, but instead he winds up in Sing Sing, convicted of a crime he did not commit. After two years, he returns home, hiding his disgrace from his mother (Julia Swayne Gordon) and his sweetheart, Virginia Sanders (Sigrid Holmquist). Goodloe's rival, Conway Arnold (Arthur Carewe), knows the truth, however, and uses this information to keep him away from Virginia. Goodloe and his friends train his horse, Dixie, for the big race. The horse will be running against Corsair, which is owned by Virginia's father (Frank Currier). When Dixie's tryout proves disappointing, the trainers consider bringing in another horse. Arnold finds out about the scheme, and when Dixie wins the race, exposes Goodloe as an ex-con. It turns out that the real Dixie has won, and that Arnold was the one who committed the crime for which Goodloe had been jailed.

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frame-up, going-straight, inmate, love, mother, release, reunion, romance