The King of the Turf (1926)

Genres - Adventure, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama  |  
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King of the Turf has more plot twists than a Charles Dickens novel. It begins as no-account horse breeder Martyn Selsby (David Torrence) railroads his ex-partner Colonel Fairfax (George Irving) into prison on a trumped-up charge. Years later, the guilt-ridden Selsby writes a confession but dies before he can deliver the missive to the authorities. The confession is found by Mrs. Selsby (Kathleen Kirkham), who chooses to keep mum, allowing Fairfax to fester in jail. Upon his release, the Colonel joins forces with several Runyonesque prison chums, including handsome safecracker John Doe Smith (Kenneth Harlan), to save Fairfax's daughter Kate (Patsy Ruth Miller) from being forced into marriage with Selsby's snivelling son Tom (Al Roscoe). Of course, this requires John Doe to utilize his "second story" skills to get his hands on that all-important confession -- and we're back in "Jimmy Valentine" territory again.

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business, confession [criminal], daughter, document, family, father, friendship, gold, guilt, home, love, mistake, offer, overcome, partner, prison, scandal, secrets, son, training, wedding, wife, winner