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  • Actors: Bing Crosby, Coleen Gray, Charles Bickford, Frances Gifford, William Demarest
  • Directors: Frank Capra
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 31, 2004
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ERX0O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,140 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Riding High" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

RIDING HIGH tells the story of a horse trainer who is down and out and looks to his horse to win the big race and get him back on his feet.

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I just recently got this movie and have watched it twice. I absolutely love it! Don't listen to those who gave this movie 1 star..... it's definetly a 5 star! Bing's performance is just awesome! He was always such a truthful actor, and in this movie you can really see his own personality come into the character. And I thought Coleen Gray's performance was very good also. I think that she portrayed her character perfectly. I really enjoyed the music also. And "Sunshine Cake" was not "sentimentality at its most obnoxious" as one reviewer said.......the characters were just being goofy and having fun, and I really enjoyed it (people shouldn't take things so seriously). This movie has become one of my favorites, and I highly recommend it. It's a light, fun, and humorous movie with some really charming scenes and songs.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 2000
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I love the energy and enthusiasm of Capra's films, and I disagree with Maltin's description of the film as "unmemorable entertainment." I have seen it twice and hope to see it again. There is such a high level of quality throughout...not only in the techniques of film making, but in the incredible appropriateness of the acting...body language, facial expressions, interactions between characters, and so on. I suppose I am old fashioned, but I don't see this level of quality in many of today's films. Sure our technology is awesome, but what do we do with it...Make some pretty stupid, boring films in which people walk around like zombies, speaking lines they don't seem to understand, and don't utilize their faces or bodies to support the scenes. I find this film uplifting and exhilarating, and completely entertaining from beginning to end. Capra claims in his autobiography that he wanted to do this remake Broadway Bill because Warner Baxter, the original star, was nervous around horses, and did not really acheive what Capra wanted. I have not yet seen Broadway Bill, so I can't compare... but this remake contains original 1934 footage ingeniously integrated into the ca. 1951 scenes. An actor from 1951 engages in a telephone conversation with someone who was filmed in 1934! Great fun.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 2000
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I love the energy and enthusiasm of Capra's films, and I disagree with Maltin's description of the film as "unmemorable entertainment." I have seen it twice and hope to see it again. There is such a high level of quality throughout...not only in the techniques of film making, but in the incredible appropriateness of the acting...body language, facial expressions, interactions between characters, and so on. I suppose I am old fashioned, but I don't see this level of quality in many of today's films. Sure our technology is awesome, but what do we do with it...Make some pretty stupid, boring films in which people walk around like zombies, speaking lines they don't seem to understand, and don't utilize their faces or bodies to support the scenes. I find this film uplifting and exhilarating, and completely entertaining from beginning to end. Capra claims in his autobiography that he wanted to do this remake Broadway Bill because Warner Baxter, the original star, was nervous around horses, and did not really acheive what Capra wanted. I have not yet seen Broadway Bill, so I can't compare... but this remake contains original 1934 footage ingeniously integrated into the ca. 1951 scenes. An actor from 1951 engages in a telephone conversation with someone who was filmed in 1934! Great fun.
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By 2manymovies on October 24, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Bing Crosby is quite good in this movie, neither a straight-up crooner nor half a comedy act.
He plays a rather ordinary fellow who gets mixed up with an extraordinarily stuffy family by falling in love w/ one of the (temporarily) available daughters.
Horse sense prevents one huge mistake, but Bing almost misses out on the "Princess" who'd like to be his queen (Coleen Gray).
More than one totally silly musical scene, including "Bake a Sunshine Cake," and "The Horse Told Me."
Attempts at stabbing in the back (after all, there's a big horse race at stake) and a little good-natured conniving add depth to the story. The underdog (in this case a horse and his owner) come out on top, the girl gets her man, and even Bing's future father-in-law shows a glimmer of horse sense in the end (Charles Bickford is perfect for the role!).

**Edited after an error was pointed out. :-)
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By seg95640 on August 14, 2013
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With his signature charm, spell-binding voice, and honest acting, Bing Crosby demonstrates why he was the pied piper of the entertainment industry for 30 years. Plus, it's an amazing horse film! :)
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By AuntieB on September 22, 2014
Format: DVD
It's Bing Crosby- of course it's adorable! I don't usually like black and white films but I decided to take a chance on this and I am so glad I did. His acting is superb. He constant makes me laugh. If you are a Bing Crosby fan this is a must have!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher E. Sarno on May 13, 2007
Format: DVD
...This is a fun film about, "King Turf" and all the varied characters on the backside of any and all racetracks...it's a satire about thourough/bred racing big/small...it is done up very well and professionally...it was filmed at the track of the 'stars'...the original Del Mar Racetrack on the ocean there...it was financially-vested by Bing Crosby-Bob Hope-Betty Grable-Harry James-Pat O'Brien-Jimmy Durante to name only a few...look what Del Mar has become over the decades...a Grade-1 racing venue from then a wooden track to today's monolith of a great horse racing facility for all those who frequent this temple of fun/enjoyment; [including the packed infield]...when you enter Del Mar today you will hear Bing Crosby singing to you his welcome to Del Mar song...with that backdrop all you naysayers need more intel before tearing this movie too bits...Crosby is a natural in this habitat, so what if the vivacious Collen Gray lights up the screen kissing-up to Crosby...olde 'Colonel' Raymond Washburn is a cagy phony wandering around for tips, etc for the hot best/bet horse of the day...but Bing is the show here...nice and easy with a more than willing cast; horses included...sit back and enjoy this wonderful movie [DVD]...it doesn't cost so much to try and have a nice day, does it??....SSGT CHRIS SARNO-USMC FMF
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