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Under My Skin (film)

Under My Skin is a 1950 American sports drama film directed by Jean Negulesco and starring John Garfield and Micheline Presle. It is based on the short story "My Old Man", by Ernest Hemingway, about a jockey being threatened by a mobster after winning a race he had agreed to throw.

Under My Skin
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Directed byJean Negulesco
Produced byCasey Robinson
Written byCasey Robinson
Based on"My Old Man" short story by Ernest Hemingway
StarringJohn Garfield
Micheline Presle
Luther Adler
Music byDaniele Amfitheatrof
CinematographyJoseph LaShelle
Edited byDorothy Spencer
20th Century Fox
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • March 17, 1950 (1950-03-17) (New York City)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Hemingway story was later adapted for a 1979 CBS television film, My Old Man, starring Kristy McNichol, Warren Oates, and Eileen Brennan.


Accused of throwing races back home, American jockey Danny Arnold now rides horses in Italy, where a gangster named Bork insists he deliberately lose a race. Dan double-crosses him, then avoids Bork's thugs, taking young son Joe with him to Paris.

Intending to look up an old friend, Dan learns from cafe owner Paule Manet that the friend was murdered by criminals due to unpaid debts. British jockey George Gardner is able to find Dan gainful employment at the racetrack, while Joe persuades his dad that a new horse of theirs called Gilford would make a fine steeplechase racer. Dan disappoints his son by winning money on a fixed race that involved George.

Bork and his henchmen turn up. They threaten to kill Dan if he doesn't lose the next steeplechase race. They have their own jockey in the race to make sure things go their way, but Dan defies them, with George's help. He wins the race, but when another horse runs into Gilford at the finish line, Dan is thrown off and killed.


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