TROTTING TOP NOTCHERS (1956 Short Subject Film)
This Columbia "World of Sports" Harry Foster directed/produced and Bill Stern narrated film short follows the career of a trotting horse from birth, to a yearling, on to formal disciplined training and up to its first appearance in a classic harness race at Yonkers Raceway - the big wheel of harness racing where horses and handlers earn their daily hay at night under the bright lights.
Other scenes show Goshen in Upstate New York and the Hambletonian - the Kentucky Derby of harness racing.
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.
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