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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 ... 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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Did You Know?

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

Referenced in The Apprentice: Episode #9.8 (2010) 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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Plodding horse story is slow getting to the finish...
13 April 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

A grown-up Shirley Temple is the only reason for interest in this weak horse story that is certainly not in the league with films like 'National Velvet' or 'My Friend Flicka'. Only interesting aspect is provided by Shirley Temple in one of her last films as a an adult actress, a nurse with bitter feelings about racing due to the death of a brother in the sport. She's pleasant enough, nicely photographed in technicolor and sporting an Irish brogue. Barry Fitzgerald provides a few amusing moments and Lon McCallister is on hand as a jockey who falls for Shirley--but tedium sets in early on and it never quite manages to pick up any steam for what is supposed to be a rousing finish. I caught this one on Turner Classic Movies when they had a tribute to Shirley's birthday and was impressed by her charm and assurance in a basically sub-standard role. Too bad the script didn't provide her and the others with more challenging material. It's a passable film and according to Shirley, did well enough at the box-office at time of release--probably due to her personal popularity.


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