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Pride of the Blue Grass (1939 film)

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Pride of the Blue Grass
Directed byWilliam C. McGann
Screenplay byVincent Sherman
Produced byBryan Foy
StarringEdith Fellows
James McCallion
Granville Bates
Aldrich Bowker
Arthur Loft
William Hopper
CinematographyTed D. McCord
Edited byFrank DeWar
Music byHoward Jackson
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • October 7, 1939 (1939-10-07)
Running time
65 minutes
CountryUnited States

Pride of the Blue Grass is a 1939 American drama film directed by William C. McGann and written by Vincent Sherman. The film stars Edith Fellows, James McCallion, Granville Bates, Aldrich Bowker, Arthur Loft and William Hopper. The film was based on an actual 15-year-old blind horse, Elmer Gantry, who was co-billed as a star and played himself. Gantry was bought and trained as a show horse by wrangler Eleanor Getzendaner but became blind at the age of 13 following two years of experiencing periodic ophthalmia, after which she patiently trained him to jump.[1]

The film was released by Warner Bros. on October 7, 1939.[2][3][4]


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When his father, a disreputable trainer of thoroughbred horses, is killed in a barn fire, young Danny Lowman is able to save a foal. He gives the new colt to his friend Midge Griner, whose father Colonel Griner owns a stable.

Years pass as Danny moves west and grows up. Frustrated in an attempt to become a jockey, Danny is accused of illegally activities similar to his late father's and faces jail until Midge vouches for him, persuading her dad to give Danny a job. He is reunited with the colt, called Gantry Jr., which has been violently abused by trainer Dave Miller.

The horse responds to Danny's presence in the saddle and begins winning races, saving the Griner stable, which had fallen on hard times. But its narrow defeat in the Kentucky Derby casts suspicion on Danny's effort. Later realizing that the horse has gone blind, possibly from Miller's harsh treatment, Danny and Midge still enter Gantry Jr. in a Grand National steeplechase race in England, where they are victorious and save the family farm.



  1. ^ Blind Horse Stars in Film, Movies, of Course! Retrieved 2016-09-26
  2. ^ "Pride of the Blue Grass (1939) - Overview". Retrieved 2015-09-05.
  3. ^ Sandra Brennan (2016). "Pride-of-the-Bluegrass - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2015-09-05.
  4. ^ "Pride of the Blue Grass". Retrieved 2015-09-05.

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