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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

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

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 <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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See a galaxy of stars at Santa Anita

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Short | Comedy | Music

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28 May 1938 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Crazy Credits

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

Soundtracks

Ride, Red, Ride
(uncredited)
Written by Henry 'Red' Allen
Performed by The Original Sing Band
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Not a `Powerful Idea'!
24 December 2002 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Directing shorts like this one was a sad way for Buster Keaton to make a living or even to keep busy. At least he was working, some might say. Still, `Hollywood Handicap' will not be remembered for having been helmed by the comic genius. It's safe to say it will never be remembered at all and so it should be.

The very thin plot is a good enough excuse to display the vocal talents of The Original Sing Band, but it's unfortunate they don't get to perform better songs than this atrocious 'Barbecue Ribs' number. The `powerful idea' running gags wear thin really fast, even for a short.

The so-called galaxy of stars is but a few glimpses of famous faces at the races accompanied by an uninspired narration filled with bad puns that fall more flat today than they probably did then. More of the great instrument-like vocals by The Original Sing Band and less stars would have been better, but Hollywood wouldn't have done it in the first place without throwing in its star attractions now would it.


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