Stablemates is a 1938 American sports drama film directed by Sam Wood and starring Wallace Beery and Mickey Rooney.

Directed bySam Wood
Produced byHarry Rapf
Written byRichard Maibaum
Reginald Owen
Leonard Praskins
Wilhelm Thiele
StarringWallace Beery
Mickey Rooney
Margaret Hamilton
Music byEdward Ward
CinematographyJohn F. Seitz
Edited byW. Donn Hayes
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • October 7, 1938 (October 7, 1938)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States


Wallace Beery plays eternally inebriated ex-veterinarian Tom Terry. An aspiring jockey Mickey (Mickey Rooney) idolizes Tom, who reciprocates by passing along horsemanship advice to the kid. The film's dramatic high point is where Tom, judgement benumbed by years of alcohol abuse, tries to pull himself long enough to perform a delicate operation on Mickey's beloved horse Lady-Q. The film culminates in a big horse race, with Mickey and Tom laying their hopes on the "long shot."


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