In 1818 Alabama, French settlers are pitted against greedy land-grabber Blake Randolph but Kentucky militiaman John Breen, who's smitten with French gal Fleurette De Marchand, comes to the settlers' aid.
Stan inherits a yacht and a South Pacific island. Ollie and Stan sail there with 2 other men. They shipwreck on a new atoll and settle there. An ex-fiancee joins them. They declare an independent nation and problems arise.
Widower Tony is trying to keep a small Miami hotel afloat while raising a 12-year-old son. He's forced to ask his harried brother Mario for help, but he'll only bail Tony out if he quits his bohemian lifestyle and marries a sensible woman.
Edward G. Robinson,
The cutest part of Riding High is seeing Charles Bickford adamantly oppose gambling and horse racing, when he played in Little Miss Marker fifteen years earlier. He's the father of Frances Gifford and Cathleen Gray, and expects everyone to walk the straight and narrow with him. France's fiancé Bing Crosby is involved in horse racing, and when he stands up to his future father-in-law, she breaks up with him. Her sister, who secretly had a crush on Bing the whole time, follows him to the races and tries to woo him for herself. In the meantime, Bing and his partners William Demarest and Raymond Walburn have a difficult time trying to ensure that their horse will win the big race. There are a few cute scenes where they plant false rumors about the wrong horse winning to disturb the odds, and their meddling always backfires.
Overall, Riding High is pretty lousy, and if it weren't for my love of Bing Crosby, I wouldn't have finished it. Those who love horse racing movies will probably be disappointed in it, since it shows very little of the actual races. Saratoga has more race footage than this one.
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