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Saratoga (1937)






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Jean Harlow offers her final screen performance in this witty and -- in retrospect -- quite moving racetrack comedy-drama co-starring Clark Gable and Walter Pidgeon. When her father dies shortly after losing his horse farm to Duke Bradley (Gable), Carol Clayton (Harlow) refuses the handsome bookmaker's offer to forget the debt and instead vows to pay him back in full. She even forbids her stockbroker fiancÚ, Harley Madison (Pidgeon), to make wagers that may benefit Duke, but promises to marry him once her champion horse wins at Saratoga. But against all the odds, Carol falls in love with Duke and when he appears in danger of ruination, she finds herself rooting for the competitor to win the all-important race. Saratoga, which was finished using both onscreen and voice doubles for Jean Harlow, was partially filmed on-location at Lexington and Louisville, KY, and in Saratoga Springs, NY.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Anita Loos, Robert E. Hopkins
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 9, 1992

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Jean Harlow
as Carol Clayton
Clark Gable
as Duke Bradley
Lionel Barrymore
as Grandpa Clayton
Walter Pidgeon
as Hartley Madison
Frank Morgan
as Jesse Kiffmeyer
Una Merkel
as Fritzi O'Malley
Cliff Edwards
as Tip O'Brien
George Zucco
as Dr. Beard
Jonathan Hale
as Frank Clayton
Frankie Darro
as Dixie Gordon
Mary Dees
as Carol Clayton (doubl...
Henry Lewis Stone
as Hard Riding Hurley
Ruth Gillette
as Mrs. Hurley
Geraldine Dvorak
as Harlow's Double
Edgar Dearing
as Medbury the Trainer
Lionel Pape
as Horse Owner
Pat West
as Horse Owner
John Hyams
as Horse Owner
Sam Flint
as Judge
Irene Franklin
as Passengers on Train
Bill Carey
as Passengers on Train
Ernie Stanton
as Passengers on Train
Franklyn Ardell
as Passengers on Train
John 'Skins' Miller
as Passengers on Train
Hank Mann
as Passengers on Train
Nick Copeland
as Passengers on Train
Bert Roach
as Passengers on Train
Forbes Murray
as Pullman Steward
Si Jenks
as Gardener
George Chandler
as Cameraman
Drew Demarest
as Cameraman
Patsy O'Connor
as Hurley's Kid
Herbert Ashley
as Bartender
Joe Bernard
as Attendant
John Miller
as Passenger on Train
Charles Moore
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Saratoga

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | June 16, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This typical Gable vehicle, a horse racing feature that blends comedy, adventure, and melodrama, marks the very last (and one of the best) appearance of Jean Harlow who died of poisoning before the shoot was over.

Full Review… | July 9, 2009

Audience Reviews for Saratoga


Really a nothing film, no more special then any of the hundreds churned out by Metro, albeit with a top flight cast, one far better then the material deserved. Of interest mostly since Jean died during filming and you sort of can't help watching and picking out the scenes where they used a double, most are easy to see, a rather ghoulish viewing experience.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Very sadly, Jean Harlow's last film. She died while in production. It's not among her best films, but it is still very entertaining. Her and Clark Gable always had amazing chemistry, so they are a pleasure to watch. Snappy dialogue and a fine supporting cast.

James Higgins

Saratoga (1937)

This is NOT one of the better Gable and Harlow pictures because this was the movie that Jean Harlow died in. The last third of the film Jean Harlow's screen double's back is to us or hidden behind a floppy hat or a racing form. Most studios would have simply re-shot the movie, or trashed it, but the Jean Harlow fans demanded to see this movie and it was more of a success than if Harlow had lived to complete the movie.

Saratoga is basically, a horse race movie. Sly rogue, Duke Bradley (Gable) is a bookie who buys a horse for Grandpa Clayton (Lionel Barrymore), to the discussed of his Granddaughter, Carol Clayton (Harlow). Carol's fiancÚ, Harley Madison (Walter Pidgeon) is a thankless roll. You know that Gable is going to get the girl.

Frank Morgan, Hattie McDaniel and Una Merkel also star.

Rick Rudge

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