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Riding High (1950)

Passed | | Comedy | 12 April 1950 (USA)
A horse trainer who has fallen on hard times looks to his horse, Broadway Bill, to finally win the big race.

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Alice Higgins
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J.L. Higgins
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Margaret Higgins
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Happy
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Prof. Pettigrew
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Racing Secretary
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Lee
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Whitey
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Pop Jones
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J.P. Chase
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A horse trainer who has fallen on hard times looks to his horse, Broadway Bill, to finally win the big race.

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Through the use of archive footage from the 1934 film Broadway Bill (1934), Forrester Harvey manages to appear as the trainer of "Gallant Lady" in this 1950 film despite having died in 1945. In addition, Harry C. Bradley died in 1947, Alfred P. James died in 1946, Louis Natheaux died in 1942 and Harry Semels died in 1946, and all had footage from the earlier film edited skillfully into this film. See more »

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Edited from Broadway Bill (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Sunshine Cake
(1950) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Bing Crosby, Clarence Muse and Coleen Gray (partially dubbed)
Reprised by them later
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A fun surprise
21 May 2000 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

As a big Laurel and Hardy fan, I rented "Riding High" out of curiosity: Oliver Hardy makes a rare solo appearance here. Ollie is funny in his short cameo role, but his appearance is certainly not the only reason to see this film. To my surprise, I actually enjoyed this movie quite a bit.

Of course, I shouldn't have been too surprised. "Riding High" is directed by Frank Capra ("It's a Wonderful Life") and stars Bing Crosby. Briefly, Bing is a down-on-his-luck horse trainer trying to hit the big time with his one last chance: A horse named Broadway Bill. Yes, in many ways this is your typical sports underdog movie. There are, however, twists along the way. In fact, what happens in "the big race at the end" may very well take you by surprise.

A warning: This is the year 1950 and the "traditional" roles of men and women, not to mention blacks and whites, are clearly defined. If you can look beyond that, "Riding High" is a fun time.


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