Directed by Jack Conway • 1937 • United States
Starring Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore
Jean Harlow’s final film—completed using stand-ins when she died just before shooting finished—casts her opposite Clark Gable in a snappy tale of gambling, horse racing, and romance lent a special poignancy by its tragic backstory. Unable to pay his gambling debts, Frank Clayton turns over the deed to his horse farm to bookie Duke Bradley (Gable). At the height of an important race—just after his daughter Carol (Harlow) returns from a long stay in Europe—Clayton dies of a heart attack. Though Duke offers to forgive the debt and Carol’s fiancé, millionaire Hartley Madison (Walter Pidgeon), offers to cover it, Carol vows to repay the loan herself, using her own talent as a race handicapper. Against all odds, Duke and Carol fall in love as they travel from track to track on the “racing special” train.