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

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Pickin' a Rib
(uncredited)
Written by Leon René and Otis René
Performed by The Original Sing Band
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Keaton the Director
27 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Hollywood Handicap (1938)

** (out of 4)

Buster Keaton directed this MGM short, which is basically just an excuse to see various stars including Mickey Rooney, Al Jolson, Dorothy Lamour, Bing Crosby, Edmund Lowe, Warner Baxter, Oliver Hardy and various others. It's rather sad to think that directing these short films was the only way MGM could use Keaton. I'm curious if they ever thought about letting him act in his shorts but either way this is a pretty boring film that's poorly directed.

You can view this film on disc 3 of Warner's The Jazz Singer Collection.


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