The Story of Seabiscuit

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The Story of Seabiscuit
The Story of Seabiscuit FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byDavid Butler
Produced byWilliam Jacobs
Written byJohn Taintor Foote
StarringShirley Temple
Barry Fitzgerald
Lon McCallister
Music byDavid Buttolph
CinematographyWilfred M. Cline
Edited byIrene Morra
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • November 12, 1949 (1949-11-12)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Story of Seabiscuit is a 1949 American drama film directed by David Butler and starring Shirley Temple in a semi-fictionalized account of racehorse Seabiscuit, the top money winner up to the 1940s. The screenplay was written by John Taintor Foote, uses the actual racehorse names, but changed the names of people involved.

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.[1]


The film is a fictionalized account of the career of the 1930s 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).

Production notes[edit]

The role of Seabiscuit was played by one of his sons, Sea Sovereign.



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".[2] 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".[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Story of Seabiscuit (1949) - Articles -". Turner Classic Movies.
  2. ^ "The Story of Seabiscuit (1949)". The New York Times. November 12, 1949. Retrieved December 31, 2009.[dead link]
  3. ^ Christoper Null. "The Story of Seabiscuit". AMC. Retrieved January 16, 2014.

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