Maryland


1h 32m 1940

Brief Synopsis

Woman (Bainter) tormented by the hunting death of her husband forbids her son (Payne) to have anything to do with horses. But when he falls for the daughter (Joyce) of his father's trainer (Brennan), he defies his mother by entering the Maryland Hunt.

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 19, 1940
Premiere Information
Baltimore premiere: 10 Jun 1940
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,259ft

Synopsis

Charlotte Danfield, a member of an old Maryland family with horse breeding in its blood, orders her entire stable sold after her husband meets his death in a hunting accident. She also forbids her son Lee to ride again, but when the boy remains friendly with Charlotte's old horse trainer, William Stewart, and his granddaugther Linda, Charlotte ships him off to school in Europe to remove him from Maryland's horse-oriented environment. Horses are in Lee's blood, however, so when he returns home a grown man and learns that "Uncle Bill" is grooming "Cavalier" for the Maryland Cup, he eagerly offers to ride the steed. Later, after acquiescing to Charlotte's wish that he not ride, Lee, out of a sense of loyalty to Uncle Bill, defies his mother's will. It looks as if Charlotte will have her way, however, when Uncle Bill's groom, Shadrach Jones, confesses that Cavalier is actually Charlotte's horse, the offspring of a filly that she had ordered him to destroy years earlier. Charlotte takes Bill to court to prevent him from entering the steed in the cup. Luckily for Bill, on the day of the race, Shadrach recants his testimony, and the case is dismissed. Lee speeds to the race field just in time to enter, and as he charges through the course, Charlotte arrives to cheer her son to victory.

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 19, 1940
Premiere Information
Baltimore premiere: 10 Jun 1940
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,259ft

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Notes

According to materials contained in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, Edwin Blum and John Taintor Foote worked on a treatment for the film, and Sonya Levien wrote the original story for it. Their participation in the final film has not been confirmed, however. The film was first conceived as a period piece, taking place from 1864-1884. From the outset, the film was developed as a vehicle for Walter Brennan, whom Fox borrowed from Goldwyn, and as a companion piece to Fox's 1938 film Kentucky. News items in Hollywood Reporter note that Fox wanted actor Eddie Anderson, who played Jack Benny's butler Rochester, for a role in the film, but Jack Benny, who had right of refusal for all of Anderson's parts, declined because he wanted him free for the next Benny picture. The race scenes were shot on location in Maryland.