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Saratoga (1937)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Comedy, Romance  |  23 July 1937 (USA)
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After winning a stud farm in lieu of gambling debts, bookie Duke Bradley turns an eye to the daughter of the now deceased gambler and her millionaire fiancée.



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Complete credited cast:
Carol Clayton
Grandpa Clayton
Jesse Kiffmeyer
Hartley Madison
Una Merkel ...
George Zucco ...
Dr. Harmsworth Bierd
Jonathan Hale ...
Frank Clayton
Rosetta (as Hattie McDaniels)
Dixie Gordon
Henry Stone ...
Hand-Riding Hurley
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pat West ...
Horse Owner (scenes deleted)


Carol Clayton is the daughter of a horse breeder at Saratoga. Though engaged to wealthy Hartley Madison, and disgusted by bookie Duke Bradley, her father owes Bradley a lot of money and Bradley takes a shine to her. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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A Tribute and a Triumph that the world demanded to see . . . ! ! See more »


Drama | Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

23 July 1937 (USA)  »

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$1,144,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Although screenwriter Robert Hopkins originally intended the script to be a vehicle for Jean Harlow, the studio at first attempted to borrow Carole Lombard from Paramount Pictures, but could not do so because of contractual difficulties. After this, it was reported that Joan Crawford would play Harlow's role, but by 1937, Harlow was reported as the star. See more »


In opening credits, last name of Hattie McDaniel is listed as "McDaniels." See more »


Fritzi 'Muggins' Kiffmeyer: Oh, there he is, the sweetheart!
Duke Bradley: Who, your husband?
Fritzi 'Muggins' Kiffmeyer: No, that colt!
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Jean Harlow (1962) See more »


(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Sung during credits by Grace Saxon and Four Esquires
Reprised by them at a party
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final bow for the superb Miss Harlow
1 February 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'Saratoga' was Jean Harlow's last picture, and indeed suffered from a large amount of patching-up after her death mid-way through shooting (notice the scenes where her character is only present with her back to the camera, or is missing altogether). This serves to distract the viewer from the good points of her last movie (especially the scene where Harlow has to explain away the presence of a large cigar in her room; Gable of course hiding under the bed!). In the scenes which she did manage to shoot she is fabulous, although clearly not looking her best.

Jean Harlow was probably the best sexy blonde comedienne of Hollywood's Golden Age, as testified by her marvellous work in Dinner at Eight, Libeled Lady, Riff Raff, and Bombshell. She lit up any scene she was in, and this movie is no exception. We can at least be grateful it wasn't ditched or recast, and that we have the snippets of her greatness within this fairly good movie.

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