Thoroughbred (1936)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Sports Drama  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - Australia  |  
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The reliable Ken G. Hall, who for all intents and purposes was the entire Australian film industry in the 1930s, served as director for the Down-Under actioner Thoroughbred. Hollywood's Helen Twelvetrees heads the cast of this yarn concerning the efforts by gangsters to knock off a valuable thoroughbred horse. Fortunately, the villains are thwarted, and the equestrian hero goes on to win the Melbourne Cup. The finale, in which the gangster boss tries to shoot the winner at the finish line, may or may not have inspired a similar sequence in 20th Century-Fox's Charlie Chan at the Race Track. The exciting climax of Thoroughbred includes several well-integrated newsreel clips from the real-life Melbourne championship race.

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horse-racing, racer, horse, rescue, sports, track [track and field]