A DAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK (1947 Short Subject Film)
The viewer is introduced to the Thoroughbred breed of horses at a California breeding farm where a stallion is shown in addition to mares and foals in a field where they are eating at a grain station.
Next you're taken on a magical carpet ride at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California, and taken through a typical day of racing in which horses are trained on the track and schooled at the starting gate. Expert timers are shown in the stands clocking each horse's work as well as other racing officials with specific duties revolved around the race track such as setting the conditions and filling race cards each day.
Every minor detail involving each horse is meticulously supervised such as his bathing and grooming schedule; a blacksmith is shown making a custom-fit shoe in the blacksmith barn; jockeys are shown in the jocks' room getting their silks and being weighted on the scales before each race; horses are shown being thoroughly examined before each race by a track-appointed vet to determine if they're fit enough to race or to be scratched due any physical ailment.
At this point, racegoers start pouring into Hollywood Park from all walks of life and begin cramming the stands to view a post-parade, the thrilling race and what happens afterwards such as the photography/film department which has to develop photos of the race on the spot and all the other after-race activity such as the horse being cooled down and having saliva samples taken and sent to the on-track laboratory where technicians perform various routine tests to rule out that any illegal substances were present in a horse's system before any monetary purses can be distributed.
A very entertaining and informative production that looks back at a typical day at Hollywood Park from racings golden age can be yours!
Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front and behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something like writing a top-notch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget and schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the studios' feature films.
The visual and audio quality of this feature may be variable in parts due to the inconsistency of source material which reflects the technology of its era. Most short subject films were originally on 16mm or Super 8 film and then converted to video or dvd so there may be an inconsistency/clash when two technologies come together in the conversion process, which is understandably normal.
|Format(s) Available:||DVD And VHS|
|Category:||U.S. & Canadian Flat Racing|