The Story of Seabiscuit

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The Story of Seabiscuit
The Story of Seabiscuit FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by David Butler
Produced by William Jacobs
Written by John Taintor Foote
Starring Shirley Temple
Barry Fitzgerald
Lon McCallister
Music by David Buttolph
Cinematography Wilfred M. Cline
Edited by Irene Morra
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • November 12, 1949 (1949-11-12)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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.[1]


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.



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]

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  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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