The Homestretch (1947)

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  • THE HOMESTRETCH


    DIRECTED BY H. BRUCE. HUMBERSTONE
    PRODUCED BY ROBERT BASSLER
    TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION


    Photo with courtesy of lasbugas


    Information from IMDb


    Plot Summary
    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?
    Written by Les Adams


    Full Cast
    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
    Forrest J Ackerman .... Himself (uncredited)
    Fernando Alvarado .... Mexican Boy (uncredited)
    Jose Alvarado .... Mexican Boy (uncredited)
    Lyle Brown .... Groom (uncredited)
    Nina Campana .... Mexican Mother (uncredited)
    David Cavendish .... Guest (uncredited)
    Shirley Chambers .... Guest (uncredited)
    Harry Cheshire .... Col. Albright (uncredited)
    Edmund Cobb .... Mac's Helper (uncredited)
    Claire Du Brey .... Housekeeper (uncredited)
    Michael Dyne .... Julian Scott (uncredited)
    Edward Earle .... Mac (uncredited)
    George Economides .... Gypsy Boy (uncredited)
    Michael Economides .... Gypsy Boy (uncredited)
    Ben Erway .... Dr. Rice (uncredited)
    Robert Espinoza .... Mexican Boy (uncredited)
    Nancy Evans .... Sarah Crittenden (uncredited)
    Keith Hitchcock .... Bobbie (uncredited)
    Jackie Howard .... Exercise Boy (uncredited)
    Lawrence Lathrop .... Pageboy (uncredited)
    Arthur Little Jr. .... Guest (uncredited)
    Rose Mary Lopez .... Mexican Girl (uncredited)
    Charles McNaughton .... Norcutt (uncredited)
    Anne O'Neal .... Maid (uncredited)
    Inez Palange .... Gypsy Woman (uncredited)
    Rebel Randall .... Guest (uncredited)
    Joe Recht .... Bellboy (uncredited)
    George Reed .... Dee Dee (uncredited)
    Pedro Regas .... First Mate (uncredited)
    Buddy Roosevelt .... Brakeman (uncredited)
    Clinton Rosemond .... Black Man (uncredited)
    Charles Stevens .... Mexican Father (uncredited)
    Brick Sullivan .... Yardman (uncredited)
    Miguel Tapia .... Mexican Boy (uncredited)
    Juan Torena .... Hernandez (uncredited)
    John Vosper .... Cliff Beaumont (uncredited)
    Roque Ybarra .... Mexican (uncredited)


    Writing Credits
    Wanda Tuchock


    Original Music
    David Raksin


    Cinematography
    Arthur E. Arling


    Trivia
    "Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 17, 1948 with Maureen O'Hara and Cornel Wilde reprising their film roles


    Memorable Quotes



    Filming Locations
    Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire, England, UK (racing scenes)
    Churchill Downs - 700 Central Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky, USA (racing scenes)
    Saratoga Springs, New York, USA (racing scenes)

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

    Edited 5 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Maureen stars again, with Cornel Wilde,
    in this travelogue-type film



    User Review


    Author: Mary Kay Colucci from Manasquan, New Jersey

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

    Edited 4 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • :wink_smile:


    Is this a documentary about horse racing or the plot is so weak? Maureen does not even mention this film in his biography, perhaps just an oversight ...

    I confess that I have not really understand this film viewed in original version ... In addition, her quality was poor. He has not left me good memories ...

    A short video

    Tell me if you have problems to read

    :thumbs_up:

    Unconditional's Maureen O'Hara !
    French-English translation: poor !!!
    :blush:

    Edited 4 times, last by Romy ().

  • :wink_smile:

    ........................... The pictures from the film .....................







    Unconditional's Maureen O'Hara !
    French-English translation: poor !!!
    :blush:

    Edited once, last by Romy ().


  • Maureen O'Hara did not mention in her book because she didnt have the room to I ask her assistant about it and said it was just too many movies for her to talk about of them. but she did love working on the film and was good friends with Cornel Wilde



  • Thank you for that. This is the only film "forgotten" in his memoirs.

    I loved Maureen and Cornel in "At Sword's Point" where they play beautifully.

    Unconditional's Maureen O'Hara !
    French-English translation: poor !!!
    :blush:

    Edited once, last by Romy ().