Silks and Saddles


Australian silent film from 1921 about the lives of the people in the horse racing world. DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY John K Wells WRITTEN BY John Cosgrove and John K Wells CAST Agnes Vernon - Bobbie Morton (as Brownie Vernon) Robert MacKinnon - Richard Morton Jr John Cosgrove - Dennis O'Hara John Faulkner - Richard Morton Sr Tal Ordell - Phillip Droone Evelyn Johnson - Myra Fane Raymond Lawrence - Jeffrey Manners Gerald Harcourt - Toby Makin Tommy Denman - Dingo Kennaquhair - Alert

Silks and Saddles is a 1921 Australian film set in the world of horse racing directed by John K. Wells.
The film is also known as Queen o' Turf or Queen of the Turf in the USA.

Plot summary

On the stud farm of Kangarooie, squatter's daughter Bobbie wants her weak brother Richard to come home for her birthday, but her pers the charms of the city, in particular the high society adventuress, Mrs Fane. Tubby Dennis O'Hara, who is in love with Bobbie, persuades Richard to come home and he brings Mrs Fane with him. O'Hara gives Bobbie his horse, Alert, as a present. Bobbie enters it in a race and Mrs Fane tries to stop her winning. Bobbie falls in love with a handsome man and rides Alert to victory.<></>


  • Agnes Vernon as Bobbie Morton
  • Robert MacKinnon as Richard Morton Jr
  • John Cosgrove (actor) as Dennis O'Hara
  • John Faulkner (actor) as Richard Morton Sr
  • Tal Ordell as Phillip Droone
  • Evelyn Johnson as Myra Fane
  • Raymond Lawrence (actor) as Jeffrey Manners
  • Gerald Harcourt as Toby Makin
  • Tommy Denman as Dingo
  • Kennaquhair (horse) as Alert


The film is one of the rare Australian movies to survive today almost in its entirety. It was made by Commonwealth Pictures, a company formed in October 1920 with Eric Griffin as managing director at a value of £10,000.<></> They hired John K. Wells to direct; he was an American who moved to Australia with Wilfred Lucas to work as an assistant director.
The movie was shot in and around Sydney, including at Randwick racecourse and at Camden, with interiors at E.J. Carroll's studio at Palmerston in Waverly.</> The champion race horse Kennaquhair appears.


Le Maistre Walker, who helped set up Commonwealth Pictures, later claimed the film earned £17,000 in Australasia, of which only £3,900 was returned to the company. The UK rights were sold for £3,000 and the American rights for $16,000. Walker says that the US distributors made £30,000 out of the film. However because of the associated costs, Commonwealth could only return 23/ of every £1 invested, and soon went out of business.</>
Wells appears to have never directed another feature film.

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