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Director  John K. Wells
Country  Australia
5.8/10 IMDb

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Silks and Saddles SILKS AND SADDLES 1936 Herman Brix later became Bruce Bennett
Language  Silent (English intertitles)
Release date  5 March 1921
Based on  story by John Cosgrove
Writer  John Cosgrove (story), John K. Wells

Silks and saddles 1921


Silks and Saddles is a 1921 Australian film set in the world of horse racing directed by John K. Wells.

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The film is also known as Queen o' Turf or Queen of the Turf in the USA.

Plot summary

On the stud farm of Kangarooie, squatter's daughter Bobbie wants her weak brother Richard to come home for her birthday, but her prefers the charms of the city, in particular the high society adventuress, Mrs Fane. Tubby Dennis O'Hara, who is in love with Bobbie, persuades Richard to come home and he brings Mrs Fane with him. O'Hara gives Bobbie his horse, Alert, as a present. Bobbie enters it in a race and Mrs Fane tries to stop her winning. Bobbie falls in love with a handsome man and rides Alert to victory.

Cast

  • Brownie Vernon as Bobbie Morton
  • Robert MacKinnon as Richard Morton Jr
  • John Cosgrove as Dennis O'Hara
  • John Faulkner as Richard Morton Sr
  • Tal Ordell as Phillip Droone
  • Evelyn Johnson as Myra Fane
  • Raymond Lawrence as Jeffrey Manners
  • Gerald Harcourt as Toby Makin
  • Tommy Denman as Dingo
  • Kennaquhair (horse) as Alert
  • Production

    The film is one of the rare Australian movies to survive today almost in its entirety. It was made by Commonwealth Pictures, a company formed in October 1920 with Eric Griffin as managing director at a value of £10,000. They hired John K. Wells to direct; he was an American who moved to Australia with Wilfred Lucas to work as an assistant director.

    The movie was shot in and around Sydney, including at Randwick racecourse and at Camden, with interiors at E. J. Carroll's studio at Palmerston in Waverly. Footage was taken involving an aeroplane, one of the first Australian movies to do so. The champion race horse Kennaquhair appears.

    Reception

    Le Maistre Walker, who helped set up Commonwealth Pictures, later claimed the film earned £17,000 in Australasia, of which only £3,900 was returned to the company. The UK rights were sold for £3,000 and the American rights for $16,000. Walker says that the US distributors made £30,000 out of the film. However, because of the associated costs, Commonwealth could only return 23/ of every £1 invested, and soon went out of business.

    The film was the victim of block booking in the US so was retitled and edited to make it seem as if it was set in Virginia.

    Wells appears to have never directed another feature film.

    References

    Silks and Saddles Wikipedia
    Silks and Saddles IMDb Silks and Saddles themoviedb.org


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