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The Story of Seabiscuit

The Story of Seabiscuit
Directed by David Butler
Produced by William Jacobs
Written by John Taintor Foote
Starring Shirley Temple
Barry Fitzgerald
Lon McCallister
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) 12, 1949 (1949-11-12)
Running time 98 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Story of Seabiscuit is a 1949 American drama film directed by David Butler. The screenplay was written by John Taintor Foote. The film is a fictionalized account of the career of the racehorse Seabiscuit (1933–1947) with a subplot involving the romance between the niece (Temple) of a horse trainer (Fitzgerald) and a jockey (McCallister). The role of Seabiscuit was played by one of his cousins. Though shot in Technicolor, the film incorporates actual black-and-white footage of Seabiscuit in races.



  • Shirley Temple as Margaret O'Hara
  • Barry Fitzgerald as Shawn O'Hara
  • Lon McCallister as Ted Knowles
  • Rosemary DeCamp as Mrs. Charles S. Howard
  • Donald McBride as George Carson
  • William Forrest as Thomas Milford


The New York Times reviewer panned the film, stating, "the odds are that Seabiscuit's screen saga will prove an also-ran" and characterizing the subplot as "one of the season's dullest romances".[1] AMC critic Christopher Null agreed, writing, "The only actual reason to watch this film ... is the black and white footage of Seabiscuit's actual races".[2]

See also

  • Shirley Temple filmography


External links


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