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The Dixie Handicap

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The Dixie Handicap
Lobby card
Directed byReginald Barker
Written byWaldemar Young
Based on"Dixie"
by Gerald Beaumont
Produced byLouis B. Mayer
StarringClaire Windsor
Lloyd Hughes
Otis Harlan
CinematographyPercy Hilburn (*French)
Edited byDaniel J. Gray
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn Pictures
Release date
  • December 29, 1924 (1924-12-29)
Running time
7 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Box office$447,000[1]

The Dixie Handicap is a 1924 American silent drama film directed by Reginald Barker. The film stars Claire Windsor, Lloyd Hughes, and Otis Harlan. It is written by Waldemar Young.[2]


As described in a review in a film magazine,[3] Judge Roberts (Keenan), greatly reduced in circumstances, hides his true financial condition from his daughter Virginia. He raises her in luxury by continuingly selling parts of his estate, until all he has left are his old home and his racing mare Southern Melody, who is about to have a colt. Through the carelessness of a stable boy, the mare wanders away and the colt is born in a rainstorm and nearly dies from exposure. When a wild cat attacks, the mare gives her life to save her colt. Dexter (St. Polis), trainer for a millionaire who owns an adjacent training stable, loves Virginia and tells her of her father's poverty. To counteract this, the Judge sells the colt and sends his daughter to Europe. The colt, now named Dixie, is badly injured in its first race, and, when it is about to be shot, Johnny Sheridan (Hughes) begs permission to try and save it. Virginia returns from Europe just as the great Dixie Handicap is to be run, in which the colt Dixie is entered. She learns that her father has sacrificed all and is now living in poverty. Dixie comes from behind and wins the race and a purse of $50,000. The estate is restored and Virginia, thoroughly chastened, agrees to marry Johnny, who has always loved her.



The race was filmed at the Latonia Race Track,[3] formerly located at Covington, Kentucky. The character The Old Retainer, a humorous butler for the old house, is played by Otis Harlan in blackface.[3] The use of blackface characters in Hollywood films did not decline until the 1940s when public sensibilities regarding race began to change and blackface became increasingly associated with racism and bigotry.[4]


With no prints of The Dixie Handicap located in any film archives,[5] it is a lost film.


  1. ^ a b H. Mark Glancy, 'MGM Film Grosses, 1924-28: The Eddie Mannix Ledger', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 12 No. 2 1992 p127-144
  2. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Dixie Handicap at
  3. ^ a b c Sewell, Charles S. (January 10, 1925). "The Dixie Handicap; Human Interest and Sympathy Rather than Heavy Melodrama in Entertaining Race Track Story". The Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Co. 72 (2): 138–139. Retrieved July 10, 2021.
  4. ^ Clark, Alexis. "How the History of Blackface Is Rooted in Racism". History. A&E Television Networks, LLC. 2019.
  5. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Dixie Handicap

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