Showmen's Productions, a miniscule poverty-row firm, issued its one-and-only release The Big Race in 1934. Heading the cast is Boots Mallory, a lively blonde starlet who later retired to marry James Cagney's producer brother William Cagney. Most of the heavy dramatics are carried not by Mallory but by John Darrow and Phillips Smalley, father-and-son horse trainers who have a serious falling-out just before the big handicap race. Darrow and Smalley are reconciled when both discover that they've been betrayed by a third party. The Big Race really takes off in the action sequences, courtesy of onetime Harold Lloyd director Fred Newmeyer.
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