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Hollywood Handicap (1938)

Passed  -  Short | Comedy | Music  -  28 May 1938 (USA)
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A group of stable hands is given a race horse when its owner retires from the business. (The group is played by the "Original Sing Band," which uses their mouths to sound like musical ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Original Sing Band ...
Singing Stablehands
Charlie Ruggles (as Charlie Ruggles)
Mickey Rooney
Stuart Erwin
June Collyer ...
June Collyer
Charles Butterworth ...
Charlie Butterworth (as Charlie Butterworth)
Al Jolson
Ruby Keeler
Edgar Bergen ...
Edgar Bergen
Dorothy Lamour
Bing Crsoby
Robert Montgomery
Edmund Lowe
Billy 'Red' Jones ...
Santa Anita Jockey (as Red Jones)
Warner Baxter


A group of stable hands is given a race horse when its owner retires from the business. (The group is played by the "Original Sing Band," which uses their mouths to sound like musical instruments.) They raise money to run the horse in the Hollywood Derby at Santa Anita race track. Many Hollywood personalities attend the event. Written by David Glagovsky <>

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28 May 1938 (USA)  »

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The racetrack announcer identifies all the credited cast members following The Original Sing Band. See more »


Pickin' a Rib
Written by Leon René and Otis René
Performed by The Original Sing Band
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Hollywood Handicap was enjoyable for the singing and not much else
3 December 2012 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This M-G-M short features an African-American musical group called The Original Sing Band and was directed by Buster Keaton, the comedian. This group is given a prize horse who turn out to be no prize at all! Oh, and this group was pretty unique at the time because many of them used their mouths as instruments. The singing was pretty entertaining but what comedy that ensured was pretty lame. I'm guessing this was included on The Jazz Singer DVD set was because Al Jolson was one of the featured stars in the spectator parts of this film along with his then-wife Ruber Keeler, Bing Crosby, Oliver Hardy, Mickey Rooney, and many others. So on that note, Hollywood Handicap is at the least, worth a look.

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