Oh, how I love the pairing of Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland! ;-) But whats even better is that Ronald Sinclair (Five Little Peppers, The Christmas Carol, Desperate Journey) is in this movie too! The role Sinclair played was originally written for Freddie Bartholomew, and I can see that. And guess what? The actor who played the Grandfather in Little Lord Fauntleroy, C. Aubrey Smith, plays the Grandfather in this movie too. =)
Mickey Rooney, playes a tough Jockey who can really win those races. (If you've seen Boys Town his character will remind you of Whitey Marsh.) That is until his father pretends to be sicks and tricks Mickey into throwing a race. His father will make you angry throughout the entire film. It also has the wonderful Judy Garland who plays a girl who lives at the jockey boarding house. And then Ronald Sinclair, the English boy who travels with his Grandfather over to America to race their horse in the races.
This has to be one of my favorite Judy Garland & Mickey Rooney films that I have seen. As it is simply marvelous!!! :)
MGM's top juvenile actor of 1937, Freddie Bartholomew, had been announced to play Roger Calverton, but Freddie's Aunt Cissy (who also was his adopted mother) withdrew him before production started because of a contract dispute. In later years, Judy Garland would quip that Freddie really opted out because his voice was changing.