William Holden plays Boots Malone, a dishonest–and impoverished–jockey’s agent. Malone sees a chance to crack the big time through the talents of young jockey John Stewart. Stewart’s wealthy mother wants to remove the boy from the rarefied world of the race track, but it is Malone himself who destroys his friendship with Stewart by ordering the boy to throw the race, or else they’ll be put on the spot by gangsters. Malone’s last-minute regeneration restores Stewart’s faith in him. Filmed on location, Boots Malone is a satisfying horse-race drama, though one might expect a little something extra from star William Holden and director William Dieterle.