Heart of Virginia

Heart of Virginia is a 1948 American sports drama film directed by R.G. Springsteen and starring Janet Martin, Robert Lowery and Frankie Darro.[1] Believing that he is responsible for the death of a fellow rider, a jockey develops a fear of the racetrack.

Heart of Virginia
Directed byR.G. Springsteen
Produced bySidney Picker
Written byJerry Sackheim
John K. Butler
StarringJanet Martin
Robert Lowery
Frankie Darro
Music byDave Kahn
CinematographyJohn MacBurnie
Edited byIrving M. Schoenberg
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
October 24, 1948
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film's art direction was by Frank Arrigo.


Racehorse owner Whit Galtry wants his horse Virginia's Pride to win so he can buy a new automobile for his daughter Virginia. He pressures jockey Jimmy Easter to do whatever it takes to finish first, but Jimmy inadvertently causes an accident that results in the death of another horse's rider.

A distraught Jimmy quits racing. Virginia's horse interests wealthy stable owner Dan Lockwood, who soon demonstrates an interest in her as well. Jimmy reluctantly trains and rides the horse, but when Virginia's Pride is injured, her father beats Jimmy with a whip. Dan seems to lose interest in Virginia when her horse is hurt, but ultimately both the horse and the romance are successful.



  1. Martin p.76


  • Len D. Martin. The Republic Pictures Checklist: Features, Serials, Cartoons, Short Subjects and Training Films of Republic Pictures Corporation, 1935-1959. McFarland, 1998.

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