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Saratoga (1937)

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

Genres:

Drama | Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

MGM executives planned to shelve the movie or re-shoot Harlow's scenes, possibly with Virginia Bruce or Jean Arthur, but the reaction of the audience at a preview in late June and a barrage of fan mail urging release of Harlow's last film changed their minds. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Fritzi 'Muggins' Kiffmeyer: Oh, there he is, the sweetheart!
Duke Bradley: Who, your husband?
Fritzi 'Muggins' Kiffmeyer: No, that colt!
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Jean Harlow (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Saratoga
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Sung during credits by Grace Saxon and Four Esquires
Reprised by them at a party
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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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