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Riding High (1950)

Passed | | Comedy | 12 April 1950 (USA)
A horse trainer who has fallen on hard times looks to his horse, Broadway Bill, to finally win the big race.

Director:

Frank Capra

Writers:

Robert Riskin (screenplay), Melville Shavelson (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bing Crosby ... Dan Brooks
Coleen Gray ... Alice Higgins
Charles Bickford ... J.L. Higgins
Frances Gifford ... Margaret Higgins
William Demarest ... Happy
Raymond Walburn ... Prof. Pettigrew
James Gleason ... Racing Secretary
Ward Bond ... Lee
Clarence Muse ... Whitey
Percy Kilbride ... Pop Jones
Harry Davenport ... Johnson
Margaret Hamilton ... Edna
Paul Harvey ... Whitehall
Douglass Dumbrille ... Eddie Howard
Gene Lockhart ... J.P. Chase
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Storyline

A horse trainer who has fallen on hard times looks to his horse, Broadway Bill, to finally win the big race.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frank Capra's Riding High See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Through the use of archive footage from the 1934 film Broadway Bill (1934), Forrester Harvey manages to appear as the trainer of "Gallant Lady" in this 1950 film despite having died in 1945. In addition, Harry C. Bradley died in 1947, Alfred P. James died in 1946, Louis Natheaux died in 1942 and Harry Semels died in 1946, and all had footage from the earlier film edited skillfully into this film. See more »

Connections

Featured in Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

We've Got a Sure Thing
(1950) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Bing Crosby
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Very little of the actual races
16 November 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

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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