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Salty O'Rourke

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Salty O'Rourke
Directed byRaoul Walsh
Written byMilton Holmes
Based onoriginal story by Milton Holmes
Produced byE.D. Leshin
StarringAlan Ladd
Gail Russell
CinematographyTheodor Sparkuhl
Edited byWilliam Shea
Music byRobert Emmett Dolan
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • March 22, 1945 (1945-03-22)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office448,514 admissions (France)[1]

Salty O'Rourke is a 1945 American sports drama film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Alan Ladd, Gail Russell and William Demarest. Produced and distributed by Paramount Pictures, it was nominated for an Academy Award in 1946.[2]

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In New Orleans, racetrack gambler Salty O'Rourke is pursued by gangster Doc Baxter, after Salty's partner runs off with Baxter's $20,000 and is murdered. O'Rourke and his pal Smitty have one month to pay up.

Salty buys a racehorse, Whipper, who can only be ridden by Johnny Cates, a jockey disbarred for throwing a race. Johnny pretends to be his 17-year-old brother Timothy but is forced to attend school.

Johnny insults his teacher, Barbara Brooks, on his first day and is expelled. Salty gets Johnny back in school by befriending Barbara and her mother.

Both Johnny and Salty fall in love with Barbara but she prefers Salty. This causes Johnny to swear vengeance against Salty. He decides to throw the race but changes his mind and is shot by Baxter's henchman.



Milton Holmes wrote the original story. It envisioned as a vehicle for Clark Gable, Rosalind Russell and Mickey Rooney.[3] When Gable went off to the services the film rights were purchased by Paramount in 1942 for $28,000 who developed it as a vehicle for George Raft.[4][5]

The film eventually became a vehicle for Alan Ladd. Production plans were delayed when Ladd went into the army but were reactivated when he was honorably discharged in October 1943.[6] Ladd's costar in Lucky Jordan, Helen Walker, was originally announced as co star.[7] Adrian Scott was brought on to work on the script and René Clair to direct.[8] Irving Cummings was then meant to direct.[9]

Eventually Gail Russell became Ladd's co star and Raoul Walsh the director. Stanley Clements was cast in the third lead after impressing in Going My Way.

Filming plans were interrupted when Alan Ladd was reclassified 1A and would have to be re-inducted into the army. Paramount got a deferment to enable him to make Two Years Before the Mast and tried to get one to make Salty O'Rourke as well.[10] They succeeded and filming started in late August 1944.

See also


  1. ^ Box office results of Raoul Walsh films in France at Box Office Story
  2. ^ [user-generated source]
  3. ^ "Looking at Hollywood" Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune 2 Mar 1944: 17.
  4. ^ "Metro to Resume Production in Britain -- Asher Will Go There to Film 'Sabotage Agent'; RKO BUYS 'LADIES DAY' To Produce Baseball Comedy at Once -- Two New Pictures on Broadway Today". The New York Times. 13 May 1942. ProQuest 106461756.
  5. ^ "HOLLYWOOD'S LATEST WONDER BOY; Milton Holmes, ex-Tennis Club Owner, Clicks as A Screen Writer". The New York Times. 3 June 1945.
  6. ^ "Looking at Hollywood" Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune 11 Nov 1943: 25.
  7. ^ "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD; 'Saga of American Cowboy,' Will James's Last Book, Is Bought by Sherman TWO FILMS ARRIVE TODAY 'Manila Calling' Opens at the Globe -- 'Counter-Espionage' Newcomer at Rialto". The New York Times. 26 September 1942. ProQuest 106375987.
  8. ^ "RKO Signs 5-Picture Contract With Cary Grant, Who Has Right to Approve Vehicles; 2 NEW FILMS OPEN TODAY Universal's 'Arabian Nights' Is Attraction at Rivoli -- 'Over My Dead Body' at Central". The New York Times. 25 December 1942. ProQuest 106340917.
  9. ^ Schallert, Edwin (4 March 1943). "DRAMA AND FILM: Two 'Maltas' Planned; Lake, Tone Will Team 20th Purchases 'Konigstein' Story of Nazi Prison; Lewis Film Titled". Los Angeles Times. p. A9. ProQuest 165411439.
  10. ^ "Joyce Reynolds Set for Role in Warner Drama". The New York Times. 18 August 1944.

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