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The Story of Seabiscuit (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Family, Romance | 12 November 1949 (USA)
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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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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 ...
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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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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| (DVD)

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(RCA Sound System)

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| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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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Connections

Edited from National Velvet (1944) 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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Plodding horse story is slow getting to the finish...
13 April 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

A grown-up Shirley Temple is the only reason for interest in this weak horse story that is certainly not in the league with films like 'National Velvet' or 'My Friend Flicka'. Only interesting aspect is provided by Shirley Temple in one of her last films as a an adult actress, a nurse with bitter feelings about racing due to the death of a brother in the sport. She's pleasant enough, nicely photographed in technicolor and sporting an Irish brogue. Barry Fitzgerald provides a few amusing moments and Lon McCallister is on hand as a jockey who falls for Shirley--but tedium sets in early on and it never quite manages to pick up any steam for what is supposed to be a rousing finish. I caught this one on Turner Classic Movies when they had a tribute to Shirley's birthday and was impressed by her charm and assurance in a basically sub-standard role. Too bad the script didn't provide her and the others with more challenging material. It's a passable film and according to Shirley, did well enough at the box-office at time of release--probably due to her personal popularity.


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