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The Story of Seabiscuit (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Family, Romance | 12 November 1949 (USA)
Horse trainer Shawn O'Hara and his lovely niece, Margaret, come to America to escape the memory of an accident involving Margaret's brother, Danny. Working with thoroughbreds in Kentucky, ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Lon McCallister ...
Ted Knowles
Rosemary DeCamp ...
Donald MacBride ...
George Carson
Pierre Watkin ...
William Forrest ...
Thomas Milford
Joe Hernandez ...
Hal J. Moore ...
Race Commentator (as Hal Moore)
Clem McCarthy ...
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Sugarfoot Anderson ...
Walkin' Murphy, Milford's Boy (as 'Sugarfoot' Anderson)
Seabiscuit ...
Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

Horse trainer Shawn O'Hara and his lovely niece, Margaret, come to America to escape the memory of an accident involving Margaret's brother, Danny. Working with thoroughbreds in Kentucky, Shawn takes a liking to a yearling named Seabiscuit, and fights to convince the horse's owner that the tiny horse with big knees will become a top-notch racehorse. Meanwhile, Margaret begins a tentative relationship with jockey Ted Knowles, but is haunted by her brother's death in a steeplechase spill. Written by Ray Hamel

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Drama | Family | Romance

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Release Date:

12 November 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A História de Um Vencedor  »

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Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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| (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Though shot in Technicolor, the film incorporates actual black-and-white footage of Seabiscuit in races. See more »

Goofs

Seabiscuit's pre-Charles S. Howard silks are shown as green and white. Before Howard bought him Wheatley Stables owned Seabiscuit. Their silks were golden yellow with purple sleeves and cap. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: [voice over narration] Here in Kentucky is the Blue Grass Country where champions are born. Black, beige and chestnut. Glorious creatures. Born to run and keep on running.
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Version of Seabiscuit (2003) See more »

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A Gal in Calico
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Whistled briefly early in the film by Lon McCallister
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Vanilla version of a lovely story
6 May 2003 | by (Chicago,Il.) – See all my reviews

I loved watching this period piece about the great Seabiscuit. The

opening scene at the railroad station was shockingly racist. This clumsy attempt at humor was offensive to me as an American, but I must remember this was 1949. After this the movie shows some beautiful scenes of Kentucky horse country. The actor Lon MCallister seems awfully big for a jockey, but is a perfect love interest for young Shirley Temple who does a nice job in the role. The scene stealer is of course the inimitable Barry Fitzgerald who gives a predictably colorful performance as the oh so wise horse trainer. All in all a sanitized version of the real Seabiscuit story.


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