On Disc

at Amazon

A musical short in which a group of musician stable hands race a horse in the Hollywood Handicap at Santa Anita Park racetrack with many celebrities of the day in attendance.

Director:

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A college Principal objects to a nightclub opening near his campus.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Ruby Keeler, Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Two songwriters want to cast a British star in their new show.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Ruby Keeler, Lee Dixon, Allen Jenkins
Colleen (1936)
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The Ames Company makes every effort to keep Uncle Cedric away from any decisions or work. This is in the best interests for him and the company. Trouble starts when he hires a schemer named... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Jack Oakie
Crime | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Al Howard may be a star on Broadway, but he is no longer welcomed by any producer. It seems that he just trots off to Mexico any time he wants causing shows to close and producers to lose ... See full summary »

Directors: Archie Mayo, Michael Curtiz, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Al Jolson, Ruby Keeler, Glenda Farrell
Dames (1934)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Multi-millionaire Ezra Ounce wants to start a campaign against 'filthy' forms of entertainment, like Broadway-Shows. He comes to his relatives families and makes them members of his ... See full summary »

Directors: Ray Enright, Busby Berkeley
Stars: Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler
San Quentin (1937)
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An army trainer becomes captain of the prison yard and in time, falls for the sister of a hardened inmate.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Pat O'Brien, Ann Sheridan, Humphrey Bogart
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An 1890s widow has two daughters and two sons. The daughters fall in love with the same gentleman.

Director: Rowland V. Lee
Stars: Anne Shirley, Ruby Keeler, James Ellison
Cry Terror! (1958)
Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Yesterday Jim Molner was an ordinary guy. Today he's a desperate man, frantically trying to save himself and his family, held hostage by a demented terrorist who's demanding $500,000 not to... See full summary »

Director: Andrew L. Stone
Stars: James Mason, Rod Steiger, Inger Stevens
Musical | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Students at New York's Rovina Finishing School for Girls send their photographs to the makers of Claybury's Beauty Soap, in the hope of being chosen as "Miss Complexion of 1934." Martha ... See full summary »

Stars: Lyle Talbot, Martha Merrill, Busby Berkeley
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A musical which begins with six men and a woman singing; then a dance number; finally, the six men and woman sing again.

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Six Hits and a Miss, The Dancing Colleens, Rudolph Friml Jr. and His Band
Musical | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The first few minutes of this short show the process that studios use to select girls to be members of the chorus line in movie musicals. The following numbers from popular 1930s musicals ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Owen Crump, James Cagney, Ruby Keeler
At Home (1939)
Short | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Crawford host a formal dress audition in their home for a prospective sponsor of their proposed radio show.

Director: Lloyd French
Stars: Jesse Crawford, Mrs. Jesse Crawford, Bill Johnson
Edit

Cast

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

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

race | horse | band | singer | singing | See All (16) »

Taglines:

See a galaxy of stars at Santa Anita

Genres:

Short | Comedy | Music

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 May 1938 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Hollywood Handicap (1938) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?