“You don’t belong at the track. What do you know about handicapping horses?”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
The storyline is innocuous and/or silly, and the performances are hit-or-miss: Harlow isn’t at her best (perhaps because of the ailments which led to her premature death from kidney failure at the age of just 26); Gable and Pidgeon are fine but not all that memorable; and the large cast of supporting actors (including Lionel Barrymore, Una Merkel, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan, and Hattie McDaniel) simply reprise familiar archetypes. Saratoga isn’t a terrible film but limited to something audiences of the day likely enjoyed escaping into. The most interesting (albeit morbid and sad) aspect of this movie comes from observing how the crew managed to craft final scenes without Harlow: by filming her double from behind:
… wearing a wide-brimmed hat:
… and looking through binoculars.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
One thought on “Saratoga (1937)”
Not must-see. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen it – however, certain points brought out in the assessment reminded me of how I felt about the film at the time I saw it. I only saw it because it was listed in the Peary book – and because it was Harlow’s last film. I do recall it as being lackluster. As well, I also recall the inclusion of the visual attempts to work around Harlow’s passing.