A general paean to the dying art of the blacksmith and more specifically to the skills of George Garfield, blacksmith to the Hollywood stars.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Lou Marcelle ...
Narrator (voice)
George Garfield ...
Himself - Blacksmith
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This short follows modern-day blacksmith George Garfield as he shoes horses for various Hollywood celebrities. Among them are Joel McCrea, whom he visits at his ranch, and Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, whose polo pony needs a new shoe. Some of the celebrities he supposedly visits are not shown together with him on the screen. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Short | Comedy

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3 April 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hollywood Novelties #3: Stars on Horseback  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The short appears in Warner Home Video's B "Bette Davis Collection: Vol. 2" on the same disc as "Old Acquaintance." See more »

Quotes

Narrator: The village blacksmith belongs to a past time: the ring of his anvil, the sparks of his forge - all evoke a nostalgic picture of a time that used to be.
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Narrator Lou Marcelle identifies the other cast members. See more »

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Features Dark Victory (1939) See more »

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Home on the Range
Music by Daniel E. Kelley
Performed by studio orchestra
(background music)
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Nice Short
2 May 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Stars on Horseback (1943)

*** (out of 4)

Interesting documentary short takes a look at blacksmith George Garfield who is best known for helping Hollywood stars with their horses. Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, John Garfield, Tim Hold, Pricilla Lane, George Tobias and Joel McCrea are just a few of the stars on display here. I'm not sure if horse buffs will find too much to enjoy here but film buffs outta get a kick out of the large cast on display. A lot of the footage comes from movies or promotional stuff but there's some nice footage of McCrae clowning around with Garfield. We also get some nice footage of Garfield working on McCrae's horse and fitting him with the proper shoes.


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