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Hollywood at the Races: Film's Love Affair with the Turf

Alan Shuback


An examination of the symbiotic relationship that existed between the Hollywood film community and horse racing, primarily between 1930 and 1960, Hollywood at the Races explores the extraordinary participation of producers, directors, and actors in the sport of kings. All three of Southern California’s major racetracks were founded in part or in whole by Hollywood luminaries: Hal Roach was cofounder of SantaAnita; Bing Crosby founded Del Mar with help from Pat O’Brien; and the Warner brother founded Hollywood Park with assistance from dozens of people in the film community. Moreover, people li ... More

Keywords: film, horse racing, gambling, Southern California, Hollywood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780813178295
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813178295.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Shuback, author