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Little Miss Thoroughbred (1938)

A young orphan girl wants a small-time gambler to be her father.

Director:

John Farrow

Writers:

Albert DeMond (story), Albert DeMond (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Litel ... Nelson 'Nails' Morgan
Ann Sheridan ... Madge Perry Morgan
Frank McHugh ... Tod Harrington
Janet Chapman ... Janet Smith
Eric Stanley Eric Stanley ... Colonel Whitcomb
Robert Homans ... Police Officer Pat O'Reilly
Charles C. Wilson ... Mr. Becker, the Gambler (as Charles Wilson)
John Ridgely ... Jim aka Slug, Becker's Henchman
Jean Benedict Jean Benedict ... Sister Margaret
Maureen Roden-Ryan Maureen Roden-Ryan ... Sister Patricia (as Maureen Rodin-Ryan)
Lottie Williams Lottie Williams ... Mother Superior
James Nolan ... First Intern at General Hospital
Cy Kendall ... District Attorney Sheridan
Paul Everton ... Judge Stanhope
Dorothy Vaughan ... Mrs. Katie O'Reilly (as Dorothy Vaughn)
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Storyline

"Nails" Morgan and his buddy Todd Harrington are following the racing from track-to-track across the country when Morgan suddenly finds himself "adopted" by a six-year-old orphan, Janet Smith. Janet has run away from an orphanage in search of a dream-father and Morgan meets her requirements. In the things she says and does, the superstitious Morgan finds betting hunches that pay off. After sneaking her back to the orphanage, he decides she is his meal-ticket and kidnaps her. Not knowing the circumstances, an Irish cop forces Morgan to marry his sweetheart, Madge Perry, in order to give Janet a legitimate father. Following the race season to the California tracks they acquire ownership of a horse, a big bankroll...and some misfortune in the form of a federal court-trial as kidnappers of the child. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Menina da Sorte See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Thursday 13 September 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Boston Thursday 15 November 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Indianapolis Monday 17 December 1956 on WISH (Channel 8), and in Springfield MA Friday 21 June 1957 on WWLP (Channel 22). See more »

Goofs

When the police car pulls away to chase Nails and Tod who are following an ambulance, studio lights and a silhouette of a crew member are seen in reflection on the polished trunk lid of the car and the boom microphone is visible reflected in the rear window. See more »

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I can only say that I feel that the little girl won my heart, especially when she sat on the judges bench; she was so lovely.
6 May 2004 | by livelifenowSee all my reviews

Little Miss Throughbred was a delightful surprise I found one late night. The performances were great; especially those of little Miss Chapman, and the cop. The little girl was incredibly beautiful, and just as great an actress, without seeming like a prima donna. I was completely taken in by the predictable plot because of the whit, charm, and superb acting of Ann Sheridan, the cop, and by that tiny angelic face of the little girl. I would like to see the movie again, and again. I would like to share it with my family and friends. It would be so wonderful if real life chance meeting turned out as well for children. If there are other movies in which little Janet Chapman acted, I would like to view those as well. Or, if she starred in movies later as an adult I would like to know of those too. It did not matter a bit to me that the plot was predictable, I was carried blissfully along, enjoying every bit of the ride. Thank you, Nomie


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