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The Homestretch

The Homestretch(1947)

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A film that qualifies as a Travelogue Documentary in that it contains footage of world-famous race tracks such as England's Ascot, Palermo in South America, and Churchill Downs, Jamaica, Aqueduct, Hollywood Park, Santa Anita, Belmont, Hialeah, Arlington and Saratoga in the United States, and since it begins in London in 1938, the Coronation of the King. Jock Wallace (Cornel Wilde), an easy-going and rootless horse lover, is taken to task by Leslie Hale (Maureen O'Hara), who thinks he has swindled her Aunt Helen (Ethel Griffies) on the purchase of a horse. He finds out that she is engaged to Bill Van Dyke (Glenn Langan), a young diplomat, and follows her to London , entering the horse he acquired from Aunt Helen in the famed Ascot Gold Cup. Jock and Leslie fall in love and are married on a boat to South America. In Buenos Aires, Leslie is jealous of Kitty Brant (Helen Walker), an old flame of Jock's. Leslie wants Jock to settle down on his Maryland farm to raise and sell race horses, but he has too much gypsy in his blood and wants to follow the race-track circuit. They separate and he gives Leslie the horse that brought them together, and he hits the road. Leslie and old-time trainer "Doc" Ellbourne (James Gleason) then proceed to win race after race with the horse. Jock, contrite and converted, returns to his old homestead and begins training another horse. Will his horse beat her horse?

Cast & Crew

Cornel Wilde Jock Wallace
Maureen O'Hara Leslie Hale
Glenn Langan Bill Van Dyke III
Helen Walker Kitty Brant
James Gleason Doc Kilborne
Henry Stephenson Don Humberto Balcares
Margaret Bannerman Ellamae Scott
Ethel Griffies Aunt Martha
Tommy Cook Pablo Artigo
Nancy Evans Sarah Crittenden
John Vosper Cliff Beaumont
Michael Dyne Julian Scott

Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  New York opening: 23 Apr 1947
Release Date:  1947 Production Date:  EB*; UCLA
35mm nitrate; 5 reels of 5 (ca. 10000 ft.); M17403; F109-L21-2
Color/B&W:  Color (Technicolor) Distributions Co:  Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Sound:  Production Co:  Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Duration(mins):  99 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  8,961    
Duration(reels):  10    

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    Annie 2012-05-06

    I love, love, love this movie!! I remember seeing it as a young girl and I had such a fondness for horses that I so wanted to be part of their life around... MORE>