Miracle of the White Stallions

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Miracle of the White Stallions
Theatrical Film Poster
Directed byArthur Hiller
Written byAlois Podhajsky
AJ Carothers
Based onThe Dancing White Horses of Vienna
by Alois Podhajsky
Produced byRon Miller
Walt Disney
StarringRobert Taylor
Lilli Palmer
CinematographyGünther Anders
Edited byAlfred Srp
Cotton Warburton
Music byPaul J. Smith
Distributed byBuena Vista Distribution
Release date
  • March 29, 1963 (1963-03-29) (U.S.)
Running time
118 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2,550,000 (US/ Canada)[1]

Miracle of the White Stallions is a 1963 American adventure war film released by Walt Disney starring Robert Taylor (playing Alois Podhajsky), Lilli Palmer, and Eddie Albert. It is based on the story of Operation Cowboy which was the evacuation of the Lipizzaner horses from the Spanish Riding School in Vienna during World War II. Major parts of the movie were shot at the Hermesvilla palace in the Lainzer Tiergarten of Vienna, a former hunting area for the Habsburg nobility. The music for the soundtrack was based on the first movement of Franz Schubert's Marche Militaire no 1, D733.


In 1945 Austria, during World War II, Col. Alois Podhajsky sets out to protect his beloved Lipizzaner stallions - purebred white show horses with centuries of tradition - from starving refugees and the advancing Soviet Army, which might also view them as a food source. Hoping to surrender them into safekeeping, he seeks out U.S. General George S. Patton, a noted horse fancier.[a]


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  1. ^ Patton came from a wealthy and distinguished family, riding since childhood. Commissioned into the Cavalry, he represented the United States in the 1912 Olympics in the Modern pentathlon; one of its five events includes Show jumping. He designed the M1913 Cavalry saber (famed as the Patton saber), and went on to become the Cavalry's top instructor, then the Army's first Master of the Sword. Always a devoted rider, even during wartime, he was known until his death for wearing riding breeches and high boots as his distinct personal uniform.

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  1. ^ "Top Rental Features of 1963", Variety, January 8, 1964 p 71. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.
  2. ^ "Gold Key: Miracle of the White Stallions". Grand Comics Database.
  3. ^ Gold Key: Miracle of the White Stallions at the Comic Book DB (archived from the original)

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