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Saratoga (1937)

Passed | | Drama, Comedy, Romance | 23 July 1937 (USA)
After winning a stud farm in lieu of gambling debts, bookie Duke Bradley turns an eye to the daughter of the now deceased gambler and her millionaire fiancée.

Director:

Jack Conway

Writers:

Anita Loos (original story and screen play), Robert E. Hopkins (original story and screen play) (as Robert Hopkins)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clark Gable ... Duke Bradley
Jean Harlow ... Carol Clayton
Lionel Barrymore ... Grandpa Clayton
Frank Morgan ... Jesse Kiffmeyer
Walter Pidgeon ... Hartley Madison
Una Merkel ... Fritzi
Cliff Edwards ... Tip
George Zucco ... Dr. Harmsworth Bierd
Jonathan Hale ... Frank Clayton
Hattie McDaniel ... Rosetta (as Hattie McDaniels)
Frankie Darro ... Dixie Gordon
Henry Stone Henry Stone ... Hand-Riding Hurley
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pat West Pat West ... Horse Owner (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Carol Clayton is the daughter of a horse breeder at Saratoga. Though engaged to wealthy Hartley Madison, and disgusted by bookie Duke Bradley, her father owes Bradley a lot of money and Bradley takes a shine to her. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Taglines:

A Tribute and a Triumph that the world demanded to see . . . ! ! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Саратога See more »

Filming Locations:

Lexington, Kentucky, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,144,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,301,760

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,089,360
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jean Harlow's death two-thirds of the way through production was only the first disaster to hit this film. The second, according to a biography of Lionel Barrymore (part of Hollis Alpert's book 'The Barrymores') came when Lionel tripped over a lighting cable and re-broke his hip just before filming wrapped. Barrymore was confined to a wheelchair for the next decade (in addition to the hip injuries, he suffered from arthritis of the knees) before he lost considerable weight and was able to walk with much difficulty for a few more pictures. See more »

Goofs

In opening credits, last name of Hattie McDaniel is listed as "McDaniels." See more »

Quotes

Jesse Kiffmeyer: [to Maizie about her use of his cold cream] From now on, Madam, your face is in your own hands!
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Connections

Referenced in Alice Goodbody (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

The Horse with the Dreamy Eyes
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Played on a ukelele an sung by Cliff Edwards on the train
Sung by Una Merkel, Clark Gable, Hattie McDaniel, Gus Reed and others on the train
Reprised a cappella by Clark Gable
Reprised on the train at the end
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Mostly trivia
23 May 2002 | by daryl42See all my reviews

Not a great movie, it doesn't have the expected chemistry between Gable and Harlow, but many bits of trivia connected with it. It was released as I understand it after public pressure for another look at her. It ended up being her most financially successful film. I think that the cigar scene is one of her best, most understated comic moments.

I don't know of another film finished after its star's death like this. For that alone it is a curiosity. The added footage is very obvious, comical yet macabre. And the ongoing bit about her being sick is equally macabre.

As for the trivia, you have one of Lionel Barrymore's last ambulatory roles; longtime MGM contractee Walter Pidgeon in his first MGM role; Hattie McDaniel singing; The Wizard of Oz having breakfast with the Wicked Witch of the West; and Clark Gable playing probably the only nice bookie in the history of the movies (sort of nice, to Harlow's father at least).

For Harlow at her best, go with Personal Property, Red Dust or Bombshell, but watch this for the trivia.


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