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The Great Dan Patch
The Great Dan Patch
Actors: Charlotte Greenwood, John Hoyt, Henry Hull, Arthur Hunnicutt, Harry Lauter
Director: Joseph Newman
Genres: Drama
NR     2004     1hr 34min


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Actors: Charlotte Greenwood, John Hoyt, Henry Hull, Arthur Hunnicutt, Harry Lauter
Director: Joseph Newman
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance
Studio: Alpha Video
Format: DVD - Black and White - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/23/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 34min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Getting sentimental in my young old age
A Constant Reader | New York City, NY | 08/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This may not be a great movie, and it may not be played by great actors, but it's an affecting bit of work and I sat there through every second of it in thoroughly sappy enjoyment. I love feel good stories. I love watching a man or a woman or a horse doing something so well we're all bigger just have to seen it. Dan Patch is not a forgotten "sulkie horse" - he was and is the greatest pacer who ever set hoof on a track. Like Man 'O War, when Dan Patch entered a race, the rest of the field scratched. Before long he could only race against the clock and in order to do that they sent out runners with him so he'd feel he had competition. Pacing, he easily kept up with a flat out runner. Dan has a website visited by thousands, a day to honor him every year in what became his home town, and still holds the record for the fastest mile ever paced. When he died, his owner was so affected he himself died the next week. True story. As for the rest of the movie, the love story, the old folks on the farm, the trainer, the breeder, the fellow who got rich but still came back to the farm...I have no idea if any of it was "true," but it too was affecting. Oh heck. I loved this old movie."
Ronald Stephenson | 07/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"THE GREAT DAN PATCH is a marvelous film for the whole family. Woefully ignored upon original release in 1949, this film has gained a cult following through the years. Dennis O'Keefe and Gail Russell head the cast and have a loving chemistry together. Gail gives one of her most captivating performances as a quiet farm girl who loves horses and Dennis O'Keefe. The racing scenes are exciting and it has a especially fine musical score. Released by United Artists and also starring Ruth Warwick and Charlotte Greenwood, THE GREAT DAN PATCH is a special film well worth owning on DVD."
Great horse, pretty good movie
Staci L. Wilson | USA | 12/29/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Great Dan Patch, The (1949, true story and drama)
Loosely based on the life of Dan Patch, a trotting horse so fast that towards the end of his career all the competition he had were the speed records he himself set - in 11 years of racing, he was undefeated. Family drama and romance takes center stage in this film, but there are some good action scenes on the track.

Staci Layne Wilson

"Slopping hogs & pitching manure is more your style..."
Dave | Tennessee United States | 11/10/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This 1949 movie is based on the true story of the legendary race horse Dan Patch, who in eleven years of racing remained undefeated. "Great Dan Patch" is certainly no masterpiece, but it's nevertheless an enjoyable movie with a great cast. Arthur Hunnicutt, whom you'll recognize from "The Red Badge of Courage", adds a lot here in a suporting role. Chemist David Palmer (Dennis O'Keefe) has just married a snobby socialite, Ruth Treadwell (Ruth Warrick), and is also the owner of race horses. When he purchases Dan Patch he knows he's gotten a very special horse, and the trainer Ben Lathrop (John Hoyt), along with his daughter Cissy (Gail Russell), takes good care of Dan Patch. Cissy has had a crush on David for a long time, but his marriage to Ruth has crushed her hopes.

Finally, David realizes that he can no longer tolerate his obnoxious wife, and he leaves her and heads for the lovely Cissy. Meanwhile, David sales Dan Patch for $60,000 and the horse becomes a major success touring the country. Of course the story of Dan Patch is in the background throughout the film as the main focus is on Cissy's love for David, but that was okay with me. I never was a fan of horse racing anyway! The reason I purchased this dvd was because I'm a big fan of beautiful Gail Russell, who unfortunately died on August 26, 1961, from an alcohol induced heart attack. She was only 36 years old and had appeared in only 23 films, yet she left behind a legacy of exceptional performances.

This dvd from Alpha has an acceptable picture and sound quality, considering that the print used is the public domain unrestored version. All things considered, this movie is well-worth watching and is recommended for any fan of Gail Russell or Dennis O'Keefe."