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After Paramount Pictures bought the rights to this film, the studio pulled it from circulation to avoid competition with Frank Capra's remake Riding High (1950). The film remained unseen until it was re-released in the 1990s. See more »
Frank Capra, who gave us so many well known films, such as "It Happened One Night," "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town," and "It's a Wonderful Life," also gave us the lesser known "Broadway Bill" in 1934. The movie was remade later as "Riding High" with Bing Crosby, though it is not a favorite of Frank Capra.
The story concerns Dan Brooks (Warner Baxter), married to a wealthy woman and working for her father (Walter Connelly). Dan is miserable. He walks away from the job and his wife, who refuses to accompany him, to pursue his dream of working in the racing industry. He gets behind a horse named "Broadway Bill." Bill is super-fast, but even with everything stacked against the horse, Dan knows he can win.
Myrna Loy costars as Dan's sister-in-law, who believes in what he's doing and is secretly in love with him.
"Broadway Bill" is a sentimental film, with some satisfying moments. However, I have to admit I'm not crazy about the racing footage - I believe wire was used to trip the horses, which is disturbing.
Not Capra's best, but not bad either if you can stomach accidents with horses.
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