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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

Complete credited cast:
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Margaret O'Hara / Knowles
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Shawn O'Hara
Lon McCallister ...
Ted Knowles
Rosemary DeCamp ...
Donald MacBride ...
George Carson
Pierre Watkin ...
William Forrest ...
Thomas Milford
Joe Hernandez ...
Race Commentator
Hal J. Moore ...
Race Commentator (as Hal Moore)
Clem McCarthy ...
Race Commentator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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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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| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

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| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The horse which plays Seabiscuit was a cousin to the real Seabiscuit. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene at the winner's circle, an apparent newsreel cameraman is filming while cranking his camera - backwards. He pauses for a few seconds, starts to crank one way, then the other. Finally, he resumes cranking, this time in the correct direction. 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 »

Soundtracks

What's the Matter with Father
(uncredited)
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
Played when Margaret pours the whiskey in the tea and when Sean drinks it
Also played when Sean hurts his back
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Everyone should see once
26 January 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Horse racing was part of my life since birth, albeit not so much any more. So these are the kinds of movies I always like. Most important for this movie is, that Barry Fitzgerald always makes me smile, and Shirley Temple is terrific memory for almost everyone.

These are the reasons that everyone should be happy to enjoy this movie at least once. However I don't know if I would go out of my way to see this again. It is unfortunate that this movie, like so many of previous decades, was not considerate of the actual history of the event, but chose to create a plot loosely based on a true event. The 2003 version "Seabiscuit" is truly wonderful and is a part of my home collection. This is the primary reason I gave it a vote of 5.

The imagery is fun and I like the way the movie edits play together, but it is not likely to be in the top ten for many people. Even so I recommend this for all who enjoy Fitzgerald or Temple, and of course lovers of all horse stories.


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