Little Johnny Jones (1923)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

This comedy-drama, based on the play by George M. Cohan, was co-directed by Arthur Rosson and its star, Johnny Hines. Hines is Johnny Jones, an American jockey. The Earl of Bloomsburg (Windham Standing) has Jones come to England with his horse, Yankee Doodle, to race in the Derby. But Robert Amstead (George Webb), another horse's owner, is determined to force him out of the running. First he kidnaps Edith Smythe, Jones' sweetheart (Molly Malone), but Jones rescues her. Jones is almost disqualified from racing, but is reinstated at the last moment. In a last-ditch attempt to get rid of Jones, Amstead has his jockey throw a blinding fluid into Jones' face after the race has started. The scheme doesn't work, and Jones still rides Yankee Doodle to victory. This picture was filmed once again in 1930 by Mervyn LeRoy, this time in its musical form, bringing classic tunes like "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "Give My Regards to Broadway" to the screen.