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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

Oliver Hardy could have played himself in this movie, as he was a regular at the Santa Anita Racetrack. For a short time, he owned a stable of horses. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Sunshine Cake
(1950) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Bing Crosby, Clarence Muse and Coleen Gray (partially dubbed)
Reprised by them later
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Delightful
20 February 2004 | by rick_7See all my reviews

A lovely remake of the director's own Broadway Bill, Riding High is full to the brim with comedy, action and romance. We don't get Myrna Loy this time (shame!), but Capra's handling is as adept as ever and he even allows Bing to sing a handful of trackside standards! Whilst the film cannot match the very best Capra/Riskin collaborations, it is nevertheless great fun, with Bing perfectly cast in the lead. My only complaint is in the over-abundance of stock footage from Broadway Bill (presumably due to financial constraints).

Sheer escapism, with a decent moral and lovely performances all round. Leave your cynicism at the door and you should have a ball!


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