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Saratoga (1937)

Passed | | Drama, Comedy, Romance | 23 July 1937 (USA)
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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.


Jack Conway


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





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)


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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TO THE PUBLIC: We announce the presentation of Jean Harlow's last picture...a production the whole world has been waiting for. See more »


Drama | Comedy | Romance


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Originally purchased by RKO-Pathe in 1929 as a vehicle for Constance Bennett. See more »


In the horse cemetery, the gravestones are far too close together to make it plausible that horses are buried there. At a pinch, the space would be enough for a Great Dane. See more »


Duke Bradley: Hey, you look great in that kimono.
Carol Clayton: Thanks, but, it's a negligee.
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Featured in MGM: When the Lion Roars: The Lion Reigns Supreme (1992) See more »


My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night
(1853) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Foster
Played at the start of the Churchill Downs racetrack scene
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A horse racing movie from racing's golden age
28 January 2012 | by rwestjr606See all my reviews

Corny? Sure. Dated? A big part of this movie's charm. Of course, the fact that this was Harlow's last movie makes it worth watching for this reason alone but the fascinating repartee between Gable and her throughout the film is hugely entertaining. For racing fans, the scenes of old Hialeah and Saratoga race tracks shows the days when having a bet on a horse race was the only legal way to gamble. In those days, next to baseball, horse racing was the most popular sport in America and the scenes of huge crowds are a testimonial to that fact. In fact, this movie is a chronicle of American sporting history and unlike the recent horse racing films, "Seabiscuit" and "Secretariat", it is able to show the real glory of horse racing and the elite who were able to own and breed these most noble of animals.

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Release Date:

23 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Saratoga See more »

Filming Locations:

Lexington, Kentucky, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,144,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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