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Salty ORourke(1945)


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Salty ORourke(Alan Ladd)a big time gambler and his sidekick Smitty(William Demarest)are planning to buy a racehorse and enter it into a race where the grand prize is $50.000.The best jockey around is Johnny Cates(Stanley Clements)a wise punk.

Salty tells Johnny he will split part of the money with him if he wins,but one of the catches is Johnny is over 21.Johnny takes his brothers birth certificate whos only 17.The state rules says all the jockeys in that state must go to school.Salty talks Johnny into going and Johnnys delighted to see his teacher Barbra Brooks(Gail Russell)is a knockout.After calling her Miss Snooks Johnny is kicked out.Salty visits the teacher, who falls for him and he talks her into taking Johnny back.

Johnny falls for Miss Brooks but when he finds shes in love with Salty Johnny decides to betray him to gambling crime czar Doc Baxter(Bruce Cabot)and his top gunman The Babe(Rex Williams)

This is one of my top five favorite Alan Ladd films.

Some think Stanley Clements steals the show as cocky punk Johnny.

 

Edited by: ERROL23 on Dec 22, 2013 10:06 PM

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