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Sporting Life (1925 film)

Sporting Life
Sporting Life lobby card 1925.jpg
Lobby card
Directed byMaurice Tourneur
Written byCecil Raleigh
Based onSporting Life
by Seymour Hicks and Cecil Raleigh
Produced byCarl Laemmle
StarringBert Lytell
CinematographyArthur L. Todd
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • November 25, 1925 (1925-11-25)
Running time
7 reels (6,709 feet) (c.70 min.)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Sporting Life is a 1925 American silent comedy drama film directed by Maurice Tourneur and a remake of Tourneur's 1918 film of the same title based on Seymour Hicks's popular play. Universal Pictures produced and released the film.[1][2][3]


As described in a film magazine review,[4] Lord Woodstock loses money as the backer of a musical show and hopes to recoup his losses by betting on his protégé, Joe Lee, a pugilist, and by winning the Derby with his horse, Lady Love. Olive Carteret, an actress, tries to win Woodstock, but he is in love with Nora, the daughter of his trainer. Olive conspires with Phillips, a gambler, to break him. On the night of the fight Lee is drugged. Woodstock takes his place in the ring and wins. Phillips kidnaps Nora, and Woodstock and Lee are imprisoned when they go to the rescue. They escape shortly before the race, but Lee is killed. Lady Love wins the race, and after Phillips is arrested for Lee’s murder, Woodstock and Nora are free to marry.



Once thought lost, a print of Sporting Life survives at UCLA Film and Television Archive.[5]


  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Sporting Life at
  2. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c. 1971
  3. ^ Waldman, Harry (2001), Maurice Tourneur: The Life and Times, McFarland ISBN 0-7864-0957-6
  4. ^ "New Pictures: Sporting Life", Exhibitors Herald, Chicago, Illinois: Exhibitors Herald Company, 23 (3): 59, October 10, 1925, retrieved October 9, 2022 Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  5. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Sporting Life

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