No Control (1927)

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Silent-film leading man Harrison Ford (no relation to the current box-office champion) stars as John Douglas Jr., a go-getting young businessman. Falling in love with circus owner Nancy Flood (Phyllis Haver), John endeavors to save her dog-and-pony operation from foreclosure. This requires our hero to enter the circus' main attraction, a dancing horse, in a high-stakes race. To achieve victory, John affixes earphones to the animal and pipes in the sounds of roaring lions -- the one thing that is certain to frighten the horse into accelerating its pace! Similar plotlines can be found in items as diverse as the Three Stooges' Playing the Ponies (1937) and "The $1,000,000 Derby," the premiere episode of TV's Top Cat.

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carnival, control, dance [art], head [body part], lion, love, nag, racer, ring [jewelry]