Ernest Hemingway's spare, somewhat grim short story "My Old Man" is here turned into something resembling THE CHAMP on horseback. Though Hemingway's story was considerably altered and expanded to fit a feature-length film, the resulting picture retains much of the basic flavor of the
author's work. Dan Butler (John Garfield), a crooked jockey who has been barred from racing in the US and Italy, flees to France with his son, Joe (Orley Lindgren), barely escaping death at the hands of a gangster. In Paris, Dan and his son run into Paule Manet (Micheline Presle, the star of the
French classic DEVIL IN THE FLESH, in her first American role), a beautiful woman who owns ...