The County Fair (1932)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Sports Drama  |   Run Time - 67 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A semi-remake of the 1920 silent film of the same name, County Fair stars William Collier Jr. as Jimmy Dolan, an ex-jockey. Falling in love with racetrack waitress Alice Ainsworth (Marion Shilling), Jimmy decides to enter an upcoming championship race for the sake of Alice's impoverished-aristocrat father (Hobart Bosworth). Villain Diamond Barnett (Ralph Ince) hopes to sabotage our hero's chances to win the race, but when has that strategy ever worked in the movies? A great deal of screen time is given over to the comedy relief of black actor Snowflake (aka Fred Toones), which by today's standards is hardly politically correct. Curiously, County Fair bears a striking resemblance to Sporting Chance, another racetrack drama of 1932 which also starred William Collier Jr.

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fixed [corruption], horse-racing, animal, drugs, gangster, horse, jockey