That's My Man


1h 44m 1947

Film Details

Also Known As
Gallant Man, King of the Racetrack, That Man of Mine, Turf Cafe
Release Date
Jun 1, 1947
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

As he is driving cynical sports reporter Willie Wagonstatter to the Hollywood racetrack, where retired champion Gallant Man is attempting a comeback in the Gold Cup race, taxi driver Toby Gleeton relates the story of how he and Gallant Man's owner, Joe Grange, first met: On a rainy Christmas Eve in Hollywood, Toby offers a ride to Joe and his colt, then agrees to drive Ronnie, a soda clerk, to her apartment. The homeless Joe, who earlier that day quit his accounting job and bought the horse, persuades Ronnie to put the animal up for the night. Joe agrees to spend the evening under an awning, but after the colt almost destroys Ronnie's small apartment, she reluctantly allows Joe to sleep on her couch. Joe names the frisky colt Gallant Man and reveals to Ronnie that his longtime dream has been to raise a champion racehorse and "live his heart." Although Ronnie admits that she has been unlucky in love, she tells the soft-spoken Joe that he is an "awfully nice guy." Joe, in turn, is attracted to Ronnie, and a romance soon blossoms. Later, Joe, who is now working as a stablehand for John Ramsey, a horse owner and gambler, proposes to Ronnie, but she convinces him that they should wait until Gallant Man has run his first race. Joe has won over $700 in poker and racing bets, but Ronnie, worried about their financial future, encourages him to build a more secure nest egg. Sometime later, as Gallant Man is about to run in his first race, Joe instructs Toby, with whom he has become close friends, to bet Joe's $2,000 savings on Gallant Man, a longshot. Gallant Man wins, but as Toby had disobeyed Joe and bet on the favorite, the now-married Joe and Ronnie wind up broke. Despite the financial setback, Joe and Ronnie look forward to a happy future together and enjoy a modest honeymoon. However, a year later, on New Year's Eve, Ronnie chastises Joe, who now owns a stable of horses, for gambling too much and neglecting their marriage. Ronnie then reveals that she is pregnant, prompting Joe to vow to spend more time with her. Joe fails to keep his promise, however, and is absent when Ronnie gives birth to a son, Richard. When he finally shows up at the hospital, Joe apologizes to a depressed Ronnie, explaining that he was in the middle of a poker game, in which he won a house in Bel Air. Joe again pledges to spend more time at home, and Ronnie, impressed by her new dream house, forgives him. Two years later, however, Joe has not changed his ways, and after he reluctantly decides to retire the unbeaten Gallant Man, whose weight handicap has become dangerously heavy, Ronnie asks for a separation. Joe's other horses fail to make up for Gallant Man's absence, and Joe is nearly bankrupt when he allows Ramsey to goad him into making a $40,000 bet. After Joe loses the wager, Toby informs him that Richard has pneumonia. Joe rushes to Richard's bedside, and his presence helps the boy to recover. Later, the now-broke Joe moves to Florida and resumes his accounting career. Lonely, Ronnie visits Gallant Man at the stables and recalls how Joe's faith in the horse had so touched her. Upon hearing that Ronnie has entered Gallant Man in the Hollywood Gold Cup race, Joe rushes to Los Angeles and tries unsuccessfully to have the horse scratched from the field. Convinced that Gallant Man cannot win the $100,000 race, Joe angrily refuses to join Ronnie in the stands. Much to Joe's joyful amazement, Gallant Man charges from the back of the pack to win the race in the last seconds. At the stables later, Joe apologizes to Gallant Man for losing faith in him and tells Ronnie that he is ready to come home for good.

Cast

Don Ameche

Joe Grange

Catherine Mcleod

Ronnie Grange

Roscoe Karns

Toby Gleeton

John Ridgely

John Ramsey

Kitty Irish

Kitty

Joe Frisco

Willie Wagonstatter

Gregory Marshall

Richard Grange, age 5

Dorothy Adams

Millie

Frankie Darro

Jockey Daniels

Hampton J. Scott

Sam

John Miljan

Secretary

Wm. B. Davidson

Steward

Joe Hernandez

Race track announcer

Gallant Man

Matt Moore

Bowler's owner

John Arledge

Thunder's owner

Renee Carson

Nurse

Lois Austin

Nurse

Robert Riordan

Doctor

Billy Henry

Richard, age 3

Ray Walker

Stranger

John Sheehan

Pharmacist Simpson

Frank Scannell

Husband

Al Hill

Man at $100 window

Earle S. Dewey

Deaf man

Frank Darien

Hotel clerk

Lorin Raker

Reporter

Liam Dunn

Reporter

Rodney Bell

Owner

George Pembroke

Owner

Bill Neff

Weights man

Torchy Rand

Girl spieler

John Montague

Ramsey's friend

Mary Bye

Hat check girl

Marshall Reed

Reporter at winner's circle

Garry Owen

Worker

Frank Henry

Spieler

Ned Roberts

Spieler

Jean Andren

Woman at $100 window

Bert Moorhouse

Trainer

Nolan Leary

Starter

Lee Shumway

Starter

Phil Arnold

Newsboy

Peter Gurs

Hot dog vendor

Casey Macgregor

Barker, shooting gallery

Bess Flowers

Party guest

James Carlisle

Party guest

Ethelreda Leopold

Party guest

Johnnie Morris

Valet for Daniels

Bill Borzage

Steward

Sally Stutz

Mexican girl

Diana Lambert

Little girl

Lameice Monsour

Little girl

Billy Andrews

Little boy

Raymond Zebrack

Little boy

Dorothy Christy

Michael Branden

Lynne Lyons

Sarah Selby

Francis Mcdonald

James Kirkwood

Charles Miller

Donald G. Clark

King Mojave

Film Details

Also Known As
Gallant Man, King of the Racetrack, That Man of Mine, Turf Cafe
Release Date
Jun 1, 1947
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The working titles of this film were Turf Café, Gallant Man and That Man of Mine. In January 1946, Hollywood Reporter announced that producer-director Frank Borzage was considering Henry Fonda for the lead. According to a July 1946 Los Angeles Examiner item, Ralph Neves, a professional jockey, was to play a jockey in the film, but his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. In September 1946, Los Angeles Examiner reported that James Dunn had been cast as "Toby Gleeton"; Dunn was later replaced by Roscoe Karns. A replica of the old Venice, CA amusement pier was constructed for the picture, according to a November 1946 Hollywood Reporter news item. Joe Hernandez, who plays a racetrack announcer in the film, was a well-known track announcer in real life. In 1953, the film was re-issued under the title King of the Racetrack.