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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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In the trailer, Lewis Stone addresses the audience directly to the camera, See more »


In the opening scene, tire tracks from the camera truck are seen on the horse race track. See more »


Carol Clayton: Will you tell Mr. Bradley I'd like to see him.
Rosetta: I shore will. Yous got a pencil smudge on your chin, honey.
Carol Clayton: Oh, what of it?
Rosetta: Don't you want to look pretty for Mr. Bradley?
Carol Clayton: Why should I?
Rosetta: I'd fix up for him anytime. If he was only the right color, I'd marry 'im!
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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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final bow for the superb Miss Harlow
1 February 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

'Saratoga' was Jean Harlow's last picture, and indeed suffered from a large amount of patching-up after her death mid-way through shooting (notice the scenes where her character is only present with her back to the camera, or is missing altogether). This serves to distract the viewer from the good points of her last movie (especially the scene where Harlow has to explain away the presence of a large cigar in her room; Gable of course hiding under the bed!). In the scenes which she did manage to shoot she is fabulous, although clearly not looking her best.

Jean Harlow was probably the best sexy blonde comedienne of Hollywood's Golden Age, as testified by her marvellous work in Dinner at Eight, Libeled Lady, Riff Raff, and Bombshell. She lit up any scene she was in, and this movie is no exception. We can at least be grateful it wasn't ditched or recast, and that we have the snippets of her greatness within this fairly good movie.

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Release Date:

23 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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