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Devil on Horseback

  • 1954
  • Cyril Frankel
  • 93 mins
  • U
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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

The young son of a miner becomes a successful jockey, but his cruel tendency to flog the horses has disastrous consequences. The exquisite juvenile star, Jeremy Spenser, is the focus of this British film, directed by Cyril Frankel and produced, somewhat surprisingly, by eminent documentarist John Grierson. Well acted by a cast that features husband-and-wife team Googie Withers and John McCallum, along with Liam Redmond and Sam Kydd as jockeys, it's strong on atmosphere and story. Sadly, the film suffers from lack of pace, disappointing racing sequences and an overdose of sentimentality.

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Credits

Cast

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Mrs Jane CadellGoogie Withers
Charles RobertsJohn McCallum
Moppy ParfittJeremy Spenser
Ted FellowesMeredith Edwards
"Scarlett" O'HaraLiam Redmond
DarkySam Kydd
SquibMalcolm Knight
LenPeter Lindsay
Fred ColeVic Wise
Reg GuestEric Francis
BlacksmithGeorge Rose
Mrs ParfittBetty Hardy
Valet for MoppyArthur Lovegrove
BlacksmithGeorge Rose
TBCHarry Locke

Crew

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DirectorCyril Frankel

Details

Theatrical distributor
Group 3 Ltd
Formats
Black and white
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