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Riding High -- Der Bingle's fondness for the racetrack is evident throughout this story of a man who abandons the mansion for the stable. And the songs attest to the film's unbridled spirit. There's no need for an address, three square meals a day or lick when you can stay "Someplace On Anywhere Road," bake a "Sunshine Cake" or bet the nest egg on what "The Horse Told Me."


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Robert Riskin (screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 April 1950 (USA) See more »
A horse trainer who has fallen on hard times looks to his horse, Broadway Bill, to finally win the big race. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bing Crosby ... Dan Brooks

Coleen Gray ... Alice Higgins

Charles Bickford ... J.L. Higgins

Frances Gifford ... Margaret Higgins

William Demarest ... Happy

Raymond Walburn ... Prof. Pettigrew

James Gleason ... Racing Secretary

Ward Bond ... Lee

Clarence Muse ... Whitey
Percy Kilbride ... Pop Jones

Harry Davenport ... Johnson

Margaret Hamilton ... Edna
Paul Harvey ... Whitehall

Douglass Dumbrille ... Eddie Howard

Gene Lockhart ... J.P. Chase
Marjorie Hoshelle ... Mathilda Early

Rand Brooks ... Henry Early
Willard Waterman ... Arthur Winslow

Marjorie Lord ... Mary Winslow
Irving Bacon ... Hamburger Man
Joe Frisco ... Joe Frisco

Frankie Darro ... Jockey Williams

Charles Lane ... Erickson

Dub Taylor ... Joe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alex Akimoff ... Waiter (uncredited)

Stanley Andrews ... Veterinarian (uncredited)

Max Baer ... Bertie (uncredited)
Clara Blandick ... Mrs. Peterson (archive footage) (uncredited)
M.A. Bogue ... Musician (uncredited)
Roma Bower ... Spectator (uncredited)
Harry C. Bradley ... Howard's Bookkeeper (archive footage) (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Spectator (uncredited)
Benny Burt ... Spectator (uncredited)
Candy Candido ... Musician (uncredited)
Bill Cartledge ... Ex-Jockey (uncredited)
Lois Chartrand ... Nurse (uncredited)
Allen Church ... Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
Les Clark ... Spectator (uncredited)
Chuck Colean ... Spectator (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Bettor on Broadway Bill (archive footage) (uncredited)
Highland Dale ... Broadway Bill - the Horse (uncredited)
Roger Davis ... Second Butler (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Deputy (uncredited)
Eileen Dixon ... Spectator (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Nurse (uncredited)
Charlotte J. Edler ... Bettor (uncredited)
Bob Evans ... Bettor (uncredited)
Tom Fadden ... Whitehall's Trainer (uncredited)
Fritz Feld ... French Dressmaker (uncredited)
Margaret Field ... Maid (uncredited)
Sam Flint ... Racetrack Official (archive footage) (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Maitre d' (uncredited)
Martin C. Gabriel ... Veterinarian (uncredited)
Gerry Ganzer ... Spectator (uncredited)
Lehanna Rae Gaudette ... Little Girl with Doll (uncredited)
Mickey Golden ... Bettor (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Johnny (uncredited)
Raymond Gray ... Spectator (uncredited)
Virginia Griffith ... Bettor (uncredited)
Patricia Hall ... Nurse (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... One of Howard's Men (archive footage) (uncredited)

Oliver Hardy ... Sucker (uncredited)
Forrester Harvey ... Bradshaw (archive footage) (uncredited)
Percy Helton ... Pawnbroker (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Spectator (uncredited)
E. Mason Hopper ... Spectator (uncredited)
Alfred P. James ... Mel (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jerry James ... Spectator (uncredited)
Richard Keene ... Spectator (uncredited)
Tom Kennedy ... Racetrack Mug (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Spectator (uncredited)
Richard Kipling ... Jailer (uncredited)
Britt Layton ... Jockey (uncredited)
Paul Lees ... Intern (uncredited)
Gertrude Mack ... Bettor (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Spectator (uncredited)
Patricia Marlowe ... Bettor (uncredited)
Robert McKenzie ... Man in Barbershop (archive footage) (uncredited)
John 'Skins' Miller ... Spectator (uncredited)
Phil Moore ... Bettor (uncredited)
Rex Moore ... Blood Bank Character (uncredited)
Lyle Moraine ... Spectator (uncredited)
Pat Moriarity ... Cop (uncredited)
Vinita Murdock ... Bettor (uncredited)
Louis Natheaux ... One of Howard's Men (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dorothy Neumann ... Secretary (uncredited)
James Nolan ... Deputy (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Harry (uncredited)
Eddie Parks ... Waiter (uncredited)
Ralph Peters ... Doorman at Beer Tavern (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Spectator (uncredited)
Ed Randolph ... Spectator (uncredited)
Grace Raphael ... Bettor (uncredited)

Kasey Rogers ... Spectator (uncredited)
Victor Romito ... Barber (uncredited)
Jean Ruth ... Nurse (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Bettor on Broadway Bill (archive footage) (uncredited)
Leo 'Ukie' Sherin ... Spectator (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Blood Bank Character / Bettor (uncredited)
Buddy Sullivan ... Bettor (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Spectator (uncredited)
Sidney Alfred Swanson ... Starter (uncredited)
Gus Taillon ... Patient (uncredited)
Betty Taylor ... Spectator (uncredited)
Norma Thelan ... Bettor (uncredited)
Marie Thomas ... Spectator (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Betting Parlor Operator (archive footage) (uncredited)
Buster Wiles ... Bettor (uncredited)
Willard W. Willingham ... Spectator (uncredited)
Henry Wills ... Stableman (uncredited)
Bernice Young ... Bettor (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Capra 
Writing credits
Robert Riskin (screenplay)

Melville Shavelson (additional dialogue) and
Jack Rose (additional dialogue)

Mark Hellinger (based on a story by)

Produced by
Frank Capra .... producer
Original Music by
Victor Young (uncredited)
Cinematography by
George Barnes (director of photography)
Ernest Laszlo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William Hornbeck (edited by)
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Walter H. Tyler  (as Walter Tyler)
Set Decoration by
Emile Kuri 
Sam Comer (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Edith Head (costumes)
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Charles Berner .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Gertrude Reade .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Merle Reeves .... hair stylist (uncredited)
William Woods .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
James Cottrell .... production manager (uncredited)
William Mull .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur S. Black Jr. .... assistant director (as Arthur Black)
Sound Department
John Cope .... sound recordist
Hugo Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Gordon Rayburn .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Baur .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Haskell B. Boggs .... operating cameraman (uncredited)
Jack Koffman .... still photographer (uncredited)
William Rand .... camera operator (uncredited)
Henry Schuster .... gaffer (uncredited)
Dominic Seminerio .... grip (uncredited)
Chester Sticht .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Johnny Burke .... new songs: lyrics by
Joseph J. Lilley .... vocal arrangements
Troy Sanders .... music associate
Jimmy Van Heusen .... new songs: music by (as James Van Heusen)
Victor Young .... musical director
Other crew
Martin 'Doc' Gabriel .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Harry F. Hogan .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Frank Capra's Riding High" - USA (complete title)
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112 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Australia:G | Finland:S | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #13727)

Did You Know?

Previously filmed as Broadway Bill (1934), also directed by Frank Capra, and starring Warner Baxter and Myrna Loy. The climactic horse race is footage from the earlier version. 'Raymond Walburn' (Pettigrew) and 'Clarence Muse' (Whitey) repeat their roles as well. In addition, other actors repeated roles with slightly different character names: Ward Bond, Margaret Hamilton, Irving Bacon, Frankie Darro, Charles Lane, Pat Moriarty, Paul Harvey and Douglass Dumbrille.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) (TV)See more »
The Horse Told MeSee more »


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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A fun surprise, 21 May 2000
Author: Junker-2 from Wisconsin

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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