Sporting Life (1925)

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There are only two ways the Earl of Woodstock (Ralph Graves) can get out of debt -- either his horse Lady Love wins the Derby or his protégé, boxer Joe Lee (Warner Richmond), wins his next fight. Malet de Carteret (Charles Craig) and his wife Olive (Willette Kershaw), enemies of Woodstock, determine to do all they can to dash his chances. Olive tries to entice Joe into breaking training, but he is loyal to his sweetheart, Kitty Cavanagh (Fair Binney), the youngest daughter of the Earl's trainer. Undaunted, Olive's next step is to have Joe drugged in the ring. Kitty, however, believes that Joe has betrayed her with Olive and attempts suicide. Meanwhile, Lady Love is horsenapped during her transport through London. While Kitty's elder sister Norah (Constance Binney), who is engaged to Woodstock, is trying to get the horse back, Kitty's father finds out about his daughter's suicide attempt. Believing Lee to be responsible, he drugs him himself. Woodstock then leaps into the ring and, after a fierce battle, wins the fight. Norah gets Lady Love back, brings her to the Derby, and the horse wins the race. The villains are foiled, and Woodstock and Norah are married, as are Kitty and Lee. This picture was originally a famous Drury Lane melodrama written by Henry Hamilton and Seymour Hicks.