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The Story of Seabiscuit (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Family, Romance | 12 November 1949 (USA)
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Horse trainer Shawn O'Hara and his lovely niece, Margaret, come to America to escape the memory of an accident involving Margaret's brother, Danny. Working with thoroughbreds in Kentucky, ... See full summary »

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David Butler
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shirley Temple ... Margaret O'Hara / Knowles
Barry Fitzgerald ... Shawn O'Hara
Lon McCallister ... Ted Knowles
Rosemary DeCamp ... Mrs. Charles S. Howard
Donald MacBride ... George Carson
Pierre Watkin ... Charles S. Howard
William Forrest ... Thomas Milford
Joe Hernandez Joe Hernandez ... Race Commentator
Hal J. Moore Hal J. Moore ... Race Commentator (as Hal Moore)
Clem McCarthy Clem McCarthy ... Race Commentator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sugarfoot Anderson Sugarfoot Anderson ... Walkin' Murphy - Milford's Boy (as 'Sugarfoot' Anderson)
Seabiscuit Seabiscuit ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

Horse trainer Shawn O'Hara and his lovely niece, Margaret, come to America to escape the memory of an accident involving Margaret's brother, Danny. Working with thoroughbreds in Kentucky, Shawn takes a liking to a yearling named Seabiscuit, and fights to convince the horse's owner that the tiny horse with big knees will become a top-notch racehorse. Meanwhile, Margaret begins a tentative relationship with jockey Ted Knowles, but is haunted by her brother's death in a steeplechase spill. Written by Ray Hamel

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Genres:

Drama | Family | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A História de Um Vencedor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the close-ups, Seabiscuit was played by Sea Sovereign, his son. See more »

Goofs

Seabiscuit's pre-Charles S. Howard silks are shown as green and white. Before Howard bought him Wheatley Stables owned Seabiscuit. Their silks were golden yellow with purple sleeves and cap. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: [voice over narration] Here in Kentucky is the Blue Grass Country where champions are born. Black, beige and chestnut. Glorious creatures. Born to run and keep on running.
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Connections

Featured in Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

A Gal in Calico
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Whistled briefly early in the film by Lon McCallister
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Good Movie, Bad Acting!
11 January 2004 | by jovanni4See all my reviews

I happened to catch this movie by accident while clicking through the cable channel and the story of sea biscuit caught my eye!

The movie's cinematography was excellent and the back drops were pure eye candy for the movie buffs.

It seemed as though Barry Fitzgerald "stole" EACH and EVERY scene he was in and made all the other actors go begging for drama coaching with the exception of Rosemary Decamp who seems to always know where the camera was and especially when it was trained on her.

The acting of Shirley Temple was horrendous and unprofessional. It was if she either did not believe in the character she was portraying or just wanted to be somewhere else. (ala, gregory peck in duel of the sun).

I believe the only thing that saved each and every scene of hers from the cutting floor was the fact that she does have (a very pretty face)and since she was uh... 'Little Shirley Temple' how could she possibly be bad?

Her acting and the general camp acting of the other players seem to muddle the storyline. The Great cinematography and the scene-stealing mastery of fitzgerald is the only reason I kept the recording.

And last but not least the great historical footage of the horse (seabiscuit)who also helped salvage some of the last 2 reels.


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