Saratoga (1937)

Genres - Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy  |   Release Date - Jul 23, 1937 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Hans J. Wollstein

Although Jean Harlow is her usual snappy self, Saratoga was obviously a troubled production. MGM must have thought long and hard whether to even finish this racetrack story after the sudden death its all-important female star and the company's final decision to forge ahead remains questionable. Ever since Saratoga's release in July of 1937, audiences have been busier trying to spot Harlow's two doubles -- Mary Dees and Geraldine Dvorak -- than admiring screenwriters Anita Loos and Robert Hopkins' brisk repartee. The powers that be at MGM reportedly at one point debated whether to re-shoot Harlow's scenes with Jean Arthur and a modern viewer may almost wish that they had. As it stands, Saratoga remains an often heartbreaking farewell to one of the brightest stars of the 1930s.