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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)
Al Kline ... Spectator (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)
Finland:S | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #13727)

Did You Know?

John F. Seitz shot the Tanforan racetrack sequence, uncredited.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) (TV)See more »
Sunshine CakeSee more »


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
It's A Natural, 6 April 2004
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Frank Capra did not particularly like his film Broadway Bill. It's chief problem was that Warner Baxter did not like horses and it showed. He got to re-make it with a man who loved horses. Bing at the track was a natural fit.

One of the great subjects for Crosby jokes was sports. Bing's golf and his racehorses and after he bought a quarter interest in the Pittsburgh Pirates, baseball. For awhile Bing owned a percentage of DelMar race- track.

This story is sooooo right for Crosby, I only wish he'd made it with Capra back in 1935. Capra had Paramount buy the film from Columbia and then actually was able to hire just about the entire cast from Broadway Bill to repeat their scenes with Crosby and the other players who had since passed away. The only criticism I have is I wish he could have gotten Myrna Loy from MGM.

Good Van Heusen-Burke score. Sunshine Cake became one of Bing's million sellers, a great addition to his group of upbeat philosophical numbers. My favorite number however was his version of De Camptown Races, sung while walking Broadway Bill to the track for the big race, accompanied by a gang of kids.

This film is Capra casting at its best. My favorites are Raymond Walburn and William Demarest. Demarest is one of the few of the replacement cast since Lynne Overman had died the year before. Also watch for Oliver Hardy, he has a bit that is memorable.

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