Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry

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Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry
Alfred E. Green, 1937
USA | Format: 35mm | 80 minutes

“Short on logic, long on pep, it gallops gaily into the stretch”—The New York Times

 A happy racetrack “programmer,” the film was built to top double bills and showcase MGM’s young and veteran talent alike. Garland plays some brief puppy-love scenes with Ronald Sinclair, but there are more sparks in her snappy and defiant passages with Mickey Rooney—the first screen teaming of the two teen stars-to-be.

Sophie Tucker makes the most of every exchange as a boarding house-mother for jockeys, and Sir C. Aubrey Smith provides both dignity and wisdom. “Got a Pair of New Shoes” (a reject from the score of Broadway Melody of 1938) is a tuneful ditty that becomes remarkably catchy in Judy’s rendition.

Series: Judy Garland: All Singin’, All Dancin’, All Judy

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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