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The Great Dan Patch

The story of the greatest harness racing horse of all-time unfolds in this dramatic classic.
The Great Dan Patch
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 34 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1949
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Description by OLDIES.com:

Dan Patch is destined to go down in the history books as the greatest harness racing horse who ever lived. He's so fast that no one will dare to compete against him, forcing the world's fastest horse to race against his own best time each year on "Dan Patch Day" to the cheers of millions of fans. When wealthy chemist David Palmer (Dennis O'Keefe) inherits an amazing colt named Dan Patch from his horse-breeding father, he is drawn back to the racing world he had left behind at the insistence of his greedy socialite wife, Ruth (Ruth Warrick). At the stables, David spends more and more time enjoying the company of Cissy (Gail Russell), the innocent young daughter of Patch's trainer. As Dan Patch's success on the track builds, David finds himself increasingly torn between two worlds and two women, racing to a personal moment of truth.

Filled with vividly gripping horse races anchored around a passionate human love triangle, The Great Dan Patch is an outstanding film depicting the true story of America's first sports superstar.

Product Description:

Taking liberty with some of the facts, THE GREAT DAN PATCH nonetheless offers a stirring biographical account of one of the greatest racehorses of all time. Raised by farmer Dan Palmer (Henry Hull) in turn-of-the-19th-century Indiana, standardbred pacer Dan Patch is nurtured into greatness by Palmer's son David (Dennis O'Keefe), a young chemist who has returned to his rural hometown to marry schoolteacher Ruth Treadwell (Ruth Warrick). As Dan Patch begins winning race after race and setting multiple records for speed, David finds himself pursuing his own dreams of happiness by abandoning marriage to snobbish Ruth and falling in love with the horse trainer's daughter, Cissy Lathrop (Gail Russell).

Plot Keywords:

Animals | Family (General) | Horses | Racing | Romance | True Story
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Product Info:

  • Sales Rank: 14,681
  • UPC: 089218456090
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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