Gold Heels (1924)

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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

In 1919, Fox made a very successful film out of Checkers, a novel by Henry Blossom Jr., which also became a popular stage play. Fox still owned the rights in 1924, and they decided to play around with the plot and remake it. Boots, a down-on-his-luck jockey (Robert Agnew), arrives in a small town with his pal, Push Miller (Lucien Littlefield). Boots falls for Pert Barlow (Peggy Shaw) and goes to work in the store belonging to her father (Carl Stockdale). Barlow owns Gold Heels, a sorry-looking horse that Boots buys and begins training. Meanwhile, Pert gets involved in campaigning for a new orphanage to replace the old, run-down one. Barlow is in charge of the funds for the cause, but the money is stolen and Boots is accused of taking it. His friends get him out of jail and dodge a group of bad guys so that he can make it to the big race with Golden Heels. Predictably, he wins. After Boots is cleared of the theft, Barlow gives him and Pert his blessings.