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Saratoga (1937)

Passed | | Drama, Comedy, Romance | 23 July 1937 (USA)
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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Cast

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Carol Clayton
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Grandpa Clayton
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Jesse Kiffmeyer
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Hartley Madison
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Fritzi
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Tip
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Dr. Harmsworth Bierd
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Frank Clayton
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Rosetta (as Hattie McDaniels)
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Dixie Gordon
Henry Stone ...
Hand-Riding Hurley
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Horse Owner (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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

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Drama | Comedy | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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23 July 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Саратога  »

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$1,144,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jean Harlow's death two-thirds of the way through production was only the first disaster to hit this film. The second, according to a biography of Lionel Barrymore (part of Hollis Alpert's book 'The Barrymores') came when Lionel tripped over a lighting cable and re-broke his hip just before filming wrapped. Barrymore was confined to a wheelchair for the next decade (in addition to the hip injuries, he suffered from arthritis of the knees) before he lost considerable weight and was able to walk with much difficulty for a few more pictures. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Grandpa Clayton: [Rhetorically] How do yuh think I'm gonna run a stallion farm without a stud?
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Connections

Referenced in Alice Goodbody (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night
(1853) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Foster
Played at the start of the Churchill Downs racetrack scene
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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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