GenreDrama, Family, Romance Produced byWilliam Jacobs WriterJohn Taintor Foote LanguageEnglish
Release dateNovember 12, 1949 (1949-11-12) CastShirley Temple (Margaret O'Hara / Knowles), Barry Fitzgerald (Shawn O'Hara), Lon McCallister (Ted Knowles), Rosemary DeCamp (Mrs. Charles S. Howard), Donald MacBride (George Carson), Pierre Watkin (Charles S. Howard) Similar moviesMarnie, Dreamer: Inspired By a True Story, Tangled, Black Gold, Goldfinger, Brokeback Mountain
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The Story of Seabiscuit is a 1949 American drama film directed by David Butler and starring Shirley Temple. The screenplay was written by John Taintor Foote.
Though shot in Technicolor, the film incorporates actual black-and-white footage of Seabiscuit in races, including the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap and the 1938 match race against rival War Admiral, which is still considered by many to be the greatest horse race of all time.
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 (Barry Fitzgerald) and a jockey (Lon McCallister). The role of Seabiscuit was played by one of his sons, Sea Sovereign.
Shirley Temple as Margaret O'Hara
Barry Fitzgerald as Sean O'Hara
Lon McCallister as Ted Knowles
Rosemary DeCamp as Mrs. Charles S. Howard
Donald McBride as George Carson
Pierre Watkin as Charles S. Howard
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". 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".