Sporting Blood
Film poster
Directed byCharles Brabin
Screenplay byCharles Brabin
Based onHorse Flesh
1930 The Saturday Evening Post
by Frederick Brennan
Produced byMarion Davies
StarringClark Gable
Ernest Torrence
Madge Evans
CinematographyHarold Rosson
Edited byWilliam S. Gray (uncredited)
Music byWilliam Axt
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • August 8, 1931 (1931-08-08)
Running time
82 min.
CountryUnited States
Box office$893,000[1]

Sporting Blood is a 1931 American MGM sports drama film directed by Charles Brabin. The film stars Clark Gable (in his first starring role), Ernest Torrence, and Madge Evans. Two other pictures bore this same title, one released in 1916 by Fox and another by MGM in Sporting Blood (1940). Although they, too, centered on horse racing, none of the plots had any direct connection with the others.


Gambler Rid Riddell (Clark Gable) works for Tip Scanlon (Lew Cody), a crooked gambler, who buys Tommy-Boy, a racehorse from a wealthy man (Hallam Cooley) whose spoiled wife (Marie Prevost) loses interest. Tip and Rid consistently win with the horse in both honestly and dishonestly run races. But before long, Tommy Boy loses a race he wasn't supposed to, and the mob is after Tip.

Tip is murdered but not before giving Tommy Boy to his girlfriend (Madge Evans) who sets out to rehabilitate herself and the horse. The horse rebounds. After an attempt at sabotage, the horse wins the Kentucky Derby, and Rid wins the girl.


Box office

According to MGM records the film earned $547,000 in the US and Canada and $346,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $148,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.