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Riding High (1950)

Passed | | Comedy | 12 April 1950 (USA)
A horse trainer who has fallen on hard times looks to his horse, Broadway Bill, to finally win the big race.

Director:

Frank Capra

Writers:

Robert Riskin (screenplay), Melville Shavelson (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bing Crosby ... Dan Brooks
Coleen Gray ... Alice Higgins
Charles Bickford ... J.L. Higgins
Frances Gifford ... Margaret Higgins
William Demarest ... Happy
Raymond Walburn ... Prof. Pettigrew
James Gleason ... Racing Secretary
Ward Bond ... Lee
Clarence Muse ... Whitey
Percy Kilbride ... Pop Jones
Harry Davenport ... Johnson
Margaret Hamilton ... Edna
Paul Harvey ... Whitehall
Douglass Dumbrille ... Eddie Howard
Gene Lockhart ... J.P. Chase
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A horse trainer who has fallen on hard times looks to his horse, Broadway Bill, to finally win the big race.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frank Capra's Riding High See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Oliver Hardy could have played himself in this movie, as he was a regular at the Santa Anita Racetrack. For a short time, he owned a stable of horses. See more »

Connections

Edited from Broadway Bill (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Someplace on Anywhere Road
(1950) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Bing Crosby and Clarence Muse
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A fun surprise
21 May 2000 | by Junker-2See all my reviews

As a big Laurel and Hardy fan, I rented "Riding High" out of curiosity: Oliver Hardy makes a rare solo appearance here. Ollie is funny in his short cameo role, but his appearance is certainly not the only reason to see this film. To my surprise, I actually enjoyed this movie quite a bit.

Of course, I shouldn't have been too surprised. "Riding High" is directed by Frank Capra ("It's a Wonderful Life") and stars Bing Crosby. Briefly, Bing is a down-on-his-luck horse trainer trying to hit the big time with his one last chance: A horse named Broadway Bill. Yes, in many ways this is your typical sports underdog movie. There are, however, twists along the way. In fact, what happens in "the big race at the end" may very well take you by surprise.

A warning: This is the year 1950 and the "traditional" roles of men and women, not to mention blacks and whites, are clearly defined. If you can look beyond that, "Riding High" is a fun time.


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