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Hollywood Handicap (1938)

Passed | | Short, Comedy, Music | 28 May 1938 (USA)
A musical short in which a group of musician stable hands race a horse in the Hollywood Handicap at Santa Anita Park racetrack with many celebrities of the day in attendance.

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Buster Keaton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
The Original Sing Band The Original Sing Band ... Singing Stablehands
Charles Ruggles ... Charlie Ruggles (as Charlie Ruggles)
Mickey Rooney ... Mickey Rooney
Stuart Erwin ... Stuart Erwin
June Collyer ... June Collyer
Charles Butterworth ... Charlie Butterworth (as Charlie Butterworth)
Al Jolson ... Al Jolson
Ruby Keeler ... Ruby Keeler
Edgar Bergen ... Edgar Bergen
Dorothy Lamour ... Dorothy Lamour
Bing Crosby ... Bing Crosby
Robert Montgomery ... Robert Montgomery
Edmund Lowe ... Edmund Lowe
Billy 'Red' Jones Billy 'Red' Jones ... Red Jones (as Red Jones)
Warner Baxter ... Warner Baxter
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Storyline

A group of stable hands is given a race horse when its owner retires from the business. (The group is played by the "Original Sing Band," which uses their mouths to sound like musical instruments.) They raise money to run the horse in the Hollywood Derby at Santa Anita race track. Many Hollywood personalities attend the event. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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race | horse | band | singer | singing | See All (16) »

Taglines:

See a galaxy of stars at Santa Anita

Genres:

Short | Comedy | Music

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1938 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The voice heard in this film's horse race scenes is that of Joe Hernandez - Santa Anita's famous original race caller from the track's opening Dec 25 1934 until 1972. He also called the races at other tracks during their seasons. See more »

Quotes

Henry, The Original Sing Band: Col., We's glad you all decided to keep Susie Q 'cause us boys are proudly attached to her.
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Crazy Credits

Other than The Original Sing Band, the racetrack announcer identifies individually all the credited cast members who were listed collectively as "a Galaxy of Stars" in the opening credits. . See more »

Soundtracks

Rosalie
(1937) (uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by The Original Sing Band
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Not a `Powerful Idea'!
24 December 2002 | by salmauSee all my reviews

Directing shorts like this one was a sad way for Buster Keaton to make a living or even to keep busy. At least he was working, some might say. Still, `Hollywood Handicap' will not be remembered for having been helmed by the comic genius. It's safe to say it will never be remembered at all and so it should be.

The very thin plot is a good enough excuse to display the vocal talents of The Original Sing Band, but it's unfortunate they don't get to perform better songs than this atrocious 'Barbecue Ribs' number. The `powerful idea' running gags wear thin really fast, even for a short.

The so-called galaxy of stars is but a few glimpses of famous faces at the races accompanied by an uninspired narration filled with bad puns that fall more flat today than they probably did then. More of the great instrument-like vocals by The Original Sing Band and less stars would have been better, but Hollywood wouldn't have done it in the first place without throwing in its star attractions now would it.


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