Long Shot (1939 film)

Long Shot is a 1939 American horse racing film directed by Charles Lamont.

Long Shot
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCharles Lamont
Produced byCharles Lamont (associate producer)
Franklyn Warner (producer)
Written byEwart Adamson (screenplay)
Harry Beresford (original story) and
George Callaghan (original story)
StarringSee below
CinematographyArthur Martinelli
Edited byBernard Loftus
Distributed byGrand National Pictures
Release date
  • January 6, 1939 (1939-01-06)
Running time
69 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film is also known as The Long Shot.


Henry Sharon is about to be ruined financially by rival stable owner Lew Ralston when he gets an idea to fake his own death. His prize horse Certified Check is bequeathed to niece Martha, a young woman Ralston had hoped to marry.

Martha and friend Jeff Clayton begin to enter Certified Check in races, but he always loses. Then they get a tip that the horse hates running near the rail.

Given an outside post, Certified Check has a legitimate shot to win the big stakes race at Santa Anita, but first he must be kept out of sight to keep Ralston from sabotaging his chances.


Wilson Benge, Dorothy Fay, Earle Hodgins, Wilbur Mack, Carl Meyer, Lee Phelps, Norman Phillips, Jason Robards Sr. and Claire Rochelle appear uncredited.

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