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Salty O'Rourke (1945)

Approved | | Drama | 30 July 1945 (UK)
Salty owes money to Doc Baxter; he and his pal Smitty have one month to pay up. They get a race horse and a disbarred jockey, Johnny Cates, who must fake his identity to race. Johnny and ... See full summary »

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Milton Holmes (screenplay), Milton Holmes (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alan Ladd ... Salty O'Rourke
Gail Russell ... Barbara Brooks
William Demarest ... Smitty
Stanley Clements ... Johnny Cates
Bruce Cabot ... Doc Baxter
Spring Byington ... Mrs. Brooks
Rex Williams Rex Williams ... Babe
Darryl Hickman ... Sneezer
Marjorie Woodworth ... Lola
Don Zelaya ... Hotel Proprietor
Lester Matthews ... Salesman
William Forrest ... Racing Secretary
William Murphy ... Bennie
Denis Brown Denis Brown ... Murdock
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Storyline

Salty owes money to Doc Baxter; he and his pal Smitty have one month to pay up. They get a race horse and a disbarred jockey, Johnny Cates, who must fake his identity to race. Johnny and Salty both fall in love with Barbara Brooks and, to get even, Johnny considers throwing the horserace. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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He's the King of the Gamblers!

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1945 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Deuda saldada See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 26, 1945 with Alan Ladd and William Demarest reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Cates: I got all the education I need. And I ain't gonna over do it.
Salty O'Rourke: Okay, wise guy. What's the capital of New York?
Johnny Cates: Saratoga.
Johnny Cates: There, you see; any ten year old knows it's Albany.
Johnny Cates: Then they changed it!
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racing's underbelly
8 January 2020 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Raoul Walsh's Academy Award-nominated "Salty O'Rourke" looks at the seedy side of horse racing, with the title character (Alan Ladd) having to pay a gangster (Bruce Cabot) $20,000. The title character hires a jockey to ride one of the horses, but when they both fall in love with a teacher (Gail Russell), some unpleasant complications arise.

The movie is a clever mix of film noir and athletics. It's not a combo that most people would imagine, but Walsh pulls it off. It's a shame that the movie isn't more well known. This offers a fine contrast to the average movie depicting horse racing as something nice and wholesome. If there's money to get made, then there's gonna be something ugly happening. It's not a masterpiece, but still a good one.


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