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Riding High (1950 film)

Riding High
Directed by Frank Capra
Produced by Frank Capra
Written by Mark Hellinger (story)
Robert Riskin
Melville Shavelson (add. dialogue)
Jack Rose (add. dialogue)
Starring Bing Crosby
Coleen Gray
Editing by William Hornbeck
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) 1950
Running time 112 min.
Country U.S.A.
Language English

Riding High (1950) is a black and white musical racetrack film featuring Bing Crosby and directed by Frank Capra in which the songs were actually sung as the movie was being filmed instead of the customary lip-synching to previous recordings. The movie is a remake of an earlier Capra film called Broadway Bill (1934). While the film is generally a light musical comedy, it has an unexpected tragic turn in its story.[1]



  • Bing Crosby as Dan Brooks
  • Coleen Gray as Alice Higgins
  • Charles Bickford as J.L. Higgins
  • Frances Gifford as Margaret Higgins
  • William Demarest as Happy
  • Raymond Walburn as Professor Pettigrew
  • James Gleason as Racing Secretary
  • Ward Bond as Lee
  • Clarence Muse as Whitey
  • Percy Kilbride as Pop Jones
  • Harry Davenport as Johnson

Oliver Hardy had an unbilled cameo appearance as a gambler at the racetrack.


Some of the scenes in both Broadway Bill and Riding High were filmed at the Tanforan racetrack in San Bruno, California. The track burned to the ground in July 1964, just before it was to be demolished.

See also

  • List of American films of 1950

External links


  1. American Movie Classics


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