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Hollywood at the races : film's love affair with the turf

Shuback, Alan (author.).

Summary: Horse racing was so popular and influential between 1930 and 1960 that nearly 150 racing themed films were released, including A Day at the Races, Thoroughbreds Don't Cry, and National Velvet. This fast-paced, gossipy history explores the relationship between the Hollywood film industry, the horse racing industry, and the extraordinary participation of producers, directors, and actors in the Sport of Kings. Alan Shuback details how all three of Southern California's major racetracks were founded by Hollywood luminaries: Hal Roach was cofounder of Santa Anita Park, Bing Crosby founded Del Mar with help from Pat O'Brien, and Jack and Harry Warner founded Hollywood Park with help from dozens of people in the film community. The races also provided a social and sporting outlet for the film community -- studios encouraged film stars to spend a day at the races, especially when a new film was being released. The stars' presence at the track generated a bevy of attention from eager photographers and movie columnists, as well as free publicity for their new films. Moreover, Louis B. Mayer, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Betty Grable, and Don Ameche were all major Thoroughbred owners, while Mickey Rooney, Chico Marx, and John Huston were notorious for their unsuccessful forays to the betting windows.

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  • OCLC: on1113929107
  • ISBN: 9780813178295
  • ISBN: 0813178290
  • ISBN: 0813178312
  • ISBN: 9780813178318
  • ISBN: 0813178304
  • ISBN: 9780813178301
  • ISBN: 0813178320
  • ISBN: 9780813178325
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (278 pages)
  • Published: Lexington, Kentucky :University Press of Kentucky,[2019]
  • Publisher: Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, [2019]

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Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: Hollywood before Santa Anita: Down Mexico Way -- Santa Anita: Hollywood Cashes In -- Del Mar: Bing Crosby and Where the Turf Meets the Surf -- Hollywood Park: A Racetrack of Their Own -- The Stars Come Out: Racetrack Society in the Golden Age -- The Gamblers: The Downfall of Mickey, Chico, and Others -- Louis B. Mayer: King of Hollywood and King of the Turf -- Hollywood Horsemen and Horsewomen: Fred Astaire, Betty Grable, and the Further Adventures of Bing Crosby -- Jock Whitney: David O. Selznick's Banker -- La Princesse Aly Khan: Rita Hayworth at Longchamp -- Gene Markey: From Joan Bennett to Hedy Lamarr to Myrna Loy to Calumet Farm -- The Post Golden Age: In Search of Seabiscuit.
Subject: Horse racing -- California, Southern -- History
Sports in motion pictures
Motion picture industry -- United States -- History
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- History

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