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''Saratoga'' was an MGM A-picture with an AllStarCast that featured, along with Gable and Harlow, Creator/LionelBarrymore as Grandpa, a young Walter Pidgeon as Hartley, Frank Morgan as Jesse Kitmeyer, and Una Merkel as Fritzl, Jesse's new wife and Duke's old girlfriend. It also features Creator/MargaretHamilton in a small part, with the Wizard and the Wicked Witch sharing a scene two years before ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.

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''Saratoga'' was an MGM A-picture with an AllStarCast that featured, along with Gable and Harlow, Creator/LionelBarrymore as Grandpa, a young Walter Pidgeon Creator/WalterPidgeon as Hartley, Frank Morgan as Jesse Kitmeyer, and Una Merkel as Fritzl, Jesse's new wife and Duke's old girlfriend. It also features Creator/MargaretHamilton in a small part, with the Wizard and the Wicked Witch sharing a scene two years before ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.


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''Saratoga'' is a 1937 film directed by Jack Conway, starring Creator/ClarkGable and Creator/JeanHarlow in their [[ThoseTwoActors sixth and last]] film together. Harlow is Carol Clayton, daughter of a family of horse breeders and trainers, who is just coming back from Europe after getting engaged to super-rich Hartley Madison. Unfortunately her father Frank Clayton is a gambling addict who has become deeply in debt to bookmaker Duke Bradley (Gable). Frank hands over the deed to the Clayton horse ranch to Duke in order to cover his debts. Duke has no intention of actually taking over the ranch, as he likes the Claytons, and especially crotchety old Grandpa Clayton the veteran horse trainer. He's also attracted to sexy Carol, but Carol assumes Duke is going to foreclose on Grandpa and asks Hartley for money to buy the ranch back. Complications and romantic hijinks ensue.

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''Saratoga'' is a 1937 film directed by Jack Conway, starring Creator/ClarkGable and Creator/JeanHarlow in their [[ThoseTwoActors sixth and last]] film together.

Harlow is Carol Clayton, daughter of a family of horse breeders and trainers, who is just coming back from Europe after getting engaged to super-rich Hartley Madison. Unfortunately her father Frank Clayton is a gambling addict who has become deeply in debt to bookmaker Duke Bradley (Gable). Frank hands over the deed to the Clayton horse ranch to Duke in order to cover his debts. Duke has no intention of actually taking over the ranch, as he likes the Claytons, and especially crotchety old Grandpa Clayton the veteran horse trainer. He's also attracted to sexy Carol, but Carol assumes Duke is going to foreclose on Grandpa and asks Hartley for money to buy the ranch back. Complications and romantic hijinks ensue.



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* FakeShemp: As noted in the intro, most of the third act had not been shot when Harlow left the set. An actress named Mary Rees was hired to be Harlow's body double while another actress named Paula Winslowe attempted to imitate Harlow's distinctive voice. The results, as is usually the case with FakeShemp, are not very convincing. Rees didn't look ''that'' much like Jean Harlow, so every scene with her is shot with her back to the camera, or with binoculars to her face during the racetrack scenes, or facing away from the camera while wearing a large floppy hat, or shot from a distance. (In one scene, at a dance, Rees starts the scene and Harlow finishes it.) Winslowe's imitation of Harlow's voice isn't very good. And the character of Carol is conspicuously absent for most of the third act, with Una Merkel's character being more prominently featured. The cast of ''Saratoga'' was none too thrilled with the decision to proceed with a FakeShemp; Gable said embracing Rees was like "holding a ghost".

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* FakeShemp: As noted in the intro, most of the third act had not been shot when Harlow left the set. An actress named Mary Rees Dees was hired to be Harlow's body double while another actress named Paula Winslowe attempted to imitate Harlow's distinctive voice. The results, as is usually the case with FakeShemp, are not very convincing. Rees Dees didn't look ''that'' much like Jean Harlow, so every scene with her is shot with her back to the camera, or with binoculars to her face during the racetrack scenes, or facing away from the camera while wearing a large floppy hat, or shot from a distance. (In one scene, at a dance, Rees Dees starts the scene and Harlow finishes it.) Winslowe's imitation of Harlow's voice isn't very good. And the character of Carol is conspicuously absent for most of the third act, with Una Merkel's character being more prominently featured. The cast of ''Saratoga'' was none too thrilled with the decision to proceed with a FakeShemp; Gable said embracing Rees Dees was like "holding a ghost".



* SexyBacklessOutfit: Both Harlow and, unfortunately, Mary Rees wear one during the dance.

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* SexyBacklessOutfit: Both Harlow and, unfortunately, Mary Rees Dees wear one during the dance.


''Saratoga'' was an MGM A-picture with an AllStarCast that featured, along with Gable and Harlow, Creator/LionelBarrymore as Grandpa, a young Walter Pidgeon as Hartley, Frank Morgan as Jesse Kitmeyer, and Una Merkel as Fritzl, Jesse's new wife and Duke's old girlfriend. It also features Margaret Hamilton in a small part, with the Wizard and the Wicked Witch sharing a scene two years before ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.

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''Saratoga'' was an MGM A-picture with an AllStarCast that featured, along with Gable and Harlow, Creator/LionelBarrymore as Grandpa, a young Walter Pidgeon as Hartley, Frank Morgan as Jesse Kitmeyer, and Una Merkel as Fritzl, Jesse's new wife and Duke's old girlfriend. It also features Margaret Hamilton Creator/MargaretHamilton in a small part, with the Wizard and the Wicked Witch sharing a scene two years before ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.


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* {{Mammy}}: Hattie [=McDaniel=] playing her usual sassy maid. She says she'd go after Clark Gable if he weren't the wrong color.

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* OpposingSportsTeam: One might think it only fair that Duke lose his bet, as he is after all a bookmaker--but Carol and Jesse cook up a scheme to hire away the expert jockey riding the horse Duke bet on, thus putting him at a disadvantage.

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* AsYouKnow: A fair bit of exposition establishing who's who in the Clayton family and the fact that Carol's gotten engaged.

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