Black Gold (1947)

“He’s the biggest unhung crook south of the border. ” – Bucky

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Sep 2022)

Brief Synopsis – An Indian farmer adopts a young Asian boy after saving him from bandits and dreams of running his prized horse in the Kentucky Derby.

My Take on it – Fun, but tame film that works due to the great and subtle performance by Anthony Quinn in the lead.

Some of the acts in the story could have been shown in a more brutal way that would have made things more impactful.

The characters all feel a bit too stereotypical, but still manage to get the point across.

Despite only being 90 minutes, the story does find a way to endear the characters to the viewer and that helps add so much more hope to the story and the dreams of these characters.

The fact that this is based on a true story also helps make things more engaging and interesting to watch unfold.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Based on the real-life adventures of Black Gold, the long-shot winner of the 1924 Kentucky Derby. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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