Down the Stretch (1936)

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A jockey tries to overcome the reputation of his father, who once threw a race.


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Director:

William Clemens

Writer:

William Jacobs (story and screenplay)

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25 September 2010 | Michael_Elliott
Decent "B" Picture
Down the Stretch (1936)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Questionable "B" picture from Warner about juvenile delinquent 'Snapper' Sinclair (Mickey Rooney), a kid who'd like to be a jockey but gets turned down everywhere because his father, also a jockey, threw a race and ruined the family name. A woman (Patricia Ellis) gives Snapper a second chance but sure enough he's caught up in a gambling racket where he's framed but this is where the film takes an even bigger turn. At just 66-minutes this film goes by fairly quickly and the cast keeps everything interesting but for the life of me I can't understand what the heck they were thinking with the final six-minutes of this film. I'm not going to ruin the ending but I'd love to hear any explanation as to why they ended the film the way they did as it pretty much goes against everything in the previous hour. For an entire hour we're given speeches about what's right and wrong and yet the film then does a complete turn and ends on such an idiotic nature that I really had to wonder if someone in the production lost a bet and had to come up with a dumb ending on purpose. Before that we've got a pretty good film as Rooney fits the role perfectly. I was a little surprised to see how laid-back and calm his performance was but it just shows that he doesn't have to be loud and cute to deliver a good performance. Ellis doesn't have the strongest role here but I enjoyed her when she was on screen. Dennis Moore has a small supporting role as does Willie Best but I'm sure most will probably be offended by his performance. The races in the film aren't shot too well and it's obvious when Rooney's stunt double is riding but this doesn't take away from the film too much. I think fans of Rooney will enjoy seeing his performance here but I think everyone will be scratching their heads once "The End" pops up on the screen.

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About a Quarter to Nine
(uncredited)
Music by
Harry Warren
Played on the radio in the hotel room

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Genres

Action | Drama | Sport

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Release Date:

18 September 1936

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

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