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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) »

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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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Technical Specs

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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: Wait a minute, fellas. I got another powerful idea. I saw a horse win a race in the movies, 'cause somebody done sing him a song! Now, when Susie Q come down the home stretch, we all is gonna sing "Ride, Red, Ride."
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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

Pickin' a Rib
(uncredited)
Written by Leon René and Otis René
Performed by The Original Sing Band
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Sing Band
1 May 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Buster Keaton directed this short subject which offers a glimpse of Hollywood's elite at Santa Anita racetrack in 1938. The plot has a group of black stable-boys who also form a sing band on the spot because they've hocked their instruments. Hocked it so they can buy a horse and race him in the prestigious Hollywood Handicap.

There are a host of movie luminaries in the clubhouse and the biggest laugh I got was Warner Baxter being described as a 'horseman'. According to Frank Capra's memoirs, he describes Baxter as being deathly afraid of horses which is why he remade Broadway Bill as Riding High with Bing Crosby in the lead. Noted racing fan and race horse owner Bing is also in the crowd and he's got an entry in the handicap. Oliver Hardy who was also in Riding High was looking a bit shrewder than the goof who got taken by William Demarest and Raymond Walburn in that film.

A 'sing band' and their were a few back in the day is one where the members of the group could do imitations of musical instruments. Speaking of Bing Crosby he featured one in Double Or Nothing and the Mills Brothers were also known for doing that as well as providing some of the best close harmony around.

A most enjoyable short subject from MGM.


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