FLYING HOOFS (1946 Short Subject Film)
This delightful feature complete with music score from the 1940's is narrated by Bill Stern and starts off by showing extremely rare film footage of the prized Calumet horses stabled at beautiful Hialeah Race Track during feeding time early in the morning as famed trainers Ben and Jimmy Jones (father and son team, the "Jones Boys") are shown. All the horses' heads are perky and alert outside their stalls waiting for their breakfast.
Next, the viewer is given a rare look at the string of Calumet horses being trained in company of three horses at a time on the track and being schooled at the gate all under the keen and watchful eyes of both Ben and Jimmy Jones giving the instructions.
As this feature continues, famed trainers Hirsch Jacobs and "Sunny" Jim Fitzsimmons are also shown looking over their string of horses as well as rare backside footage of barn scenes, horses being bathed and groomed, jockeys mingling with their agents outside of the Hialeah Administrative Office, the jockeys' room with scenes of the sweat shop and silks room and trainer Ben Jones having a conversation with Calumet owner, Warren Wright, in addition to historic footage of vintage cars driving up to Hialeah on a big race day and of course, the unique paddock and pink flamingos in the track infield.
A wonderful production that reflects on Hialeah when it ruled supreme back in racings golden years 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|