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Stablemates (1938)





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Stablemates is a typically treacly vehicle for Wallace Beery, who goes through his usual slobbery paces as an eternally inebriated ex-veterinarian named Tom Terry. Aspiring jockey Mickey (Mickey Rooney) idolizes Tom, who reciprocates by passing along horsemanship advice to the boy. The film's dramatic high point is the scene in which Tom, his judgement benumbed by years of alcohol abuse, tries to pull himself long enough to perform a delicate operation on Mickey's beloved horse Lady-Q. It goes without saying perhaps that the film culminates in the standard Big Race, with Mickey and Tom pinning their hopes on the obligatory "long shot." Just as Mickey Rooney has replaced Jackie Cooper as Beery's juvenile costar in Stablemates, so too has Margaret Hamilton supplanted the late Marie Dressler as Beery's romantic sparring partner. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Wallace Beery
as Tom Terry
Margaret Hamilton
as Beulah Flanders
Arthur Hohl
as Mr. Gale
Minor Watson
as Barney Donovan
Marjorie Gateson
as Mrs. Shepherd
Oscar O'Shea
as Pete Whalen
Frank S. Hagney
as Pool Room Owner
Johnnie Morris
as Dwarfish Ex-Jockey
James C. Morton
as Bartender
Pat West
as Railbird
Ken Nolan
as Railbird
Sam McDaniel
as Black Bookie
Charles Dunbar
as Stable Hand
Stanley Andrews
as Track Steward
Spencer Charters
as Choir Master
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Broken down to essentials, the plot is pretty mushy. In actual performance the comedy of Wallace Berry and Mickey's histrionics hide this fact pretty well.

October 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Most movie-goers will agree... that this is Mickey's best picture I to date.

July 23, 2019 | Full Review…

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