Stars on Horseback (1943)

Approved  |   |  Short, Comedy  |  3 April 1943 (USA)
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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 overview:
Lou Marcelle ...
Narrator (voice)
George Garfield ...
Himself - Blacksmith


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 <>

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Release Date:

3 April 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hollywood Novelties #3: Stars on Horseback  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The short appears in Warner Home Video's B "Bette Davis Collection: Vol. 2" on the same disc as "Old Acquaintance." See more »


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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Crazy Credits

Narrator Lou Marcelle identifies the other cast members. See more »


Features Gold Is Where You Find It (1938) See more »


Home on the Range
Music by Daniel E. Kelley
Performed by studio orchestra
(background music)
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Really a tribute to the blacksmith who works on Hollywood's horses...
1 May 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Trite little short supposedly shows Hollywood stars on horseback--but instead lifts clips from their films in the case of Bette Davis (DARK VICTORY) and Olivia de Havilland (GOLD IS WHERE YOU FIND IT).

Otherwise, the viewer gets brief glimpses of Priscilla Lane, Dennis Morgan, Joan Leslie, George Tobias and Joel McCrea in brief outdoor shots on horseback.

Really just a chance for Warner Bros. to remind patrons of their stars, but cheating just a little by using only film clips for Bette and Olivia.

Summing up: Easy to miss.

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