The Steeple Chase

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : September 30, 1933

Running Time : 7:46

Synopsis

Colonel Rolf Rolfe has bet his last "bottom dollar" on his horse, Thunderbolt, to win. When the horse discovers a gin bottle and drinks it, though, Mickey has to costume two stable hands as a horse and ride them in the race, instead.

Characters

Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse
Colonel Rolf Rolfe
Thunderbolt, the Horse

Credits

Director
Bert Gillett
Animation
Les Clark
Ed Love
Art Babbitt
Johnny Cannon
Frenchy de Tremaudan
Gerry "Clyde" Geronomi

Cut Scenes

Quite a few black stereotypes have been cut, as well as scenes of horses drinking alcohol and getting drunk.

DVD

United States
Mickey Mouse in Black and White Volume 2
Germany
Mickey Mouse in Black and White Volume 2

Television

Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 6
The Mickey Mouse Club : November 21, 1956

Technical Specification

Color Type: Black & White
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by United Artists Pictures

Comments

From Jerry Edwards : The uncensored version of this short is much more interesting - many of the "fun bits" are censored. I've never seen an uncensored version on the Disney Channel. The colorized version is also censored. The numerous gags interest me - but what interests me most is that Mickey does not consider it wrong to cheat to win the horse race.
From Bill I. : I thought this short had some nice animation and backgrounds, especially the animation of the horses. The storyline was a nice change from Mickey saves Minnie; it reminded me of a Three Stooges story. Mickey is supposed to ride Rolf Rolfe's horse in a steeplechase race where Rolfe bet his last bottom dollar on. But the horse finds a bottle of booze in the stable and can't even stand. Mickey is desperate, so he drags the two stablehands and finds a horse costume and the race is on. Just one funny sight gag after another, and lots of action. The scenes with the bees attacking Mickey and his horse are classic. Mickey finally wins the race, saving Rolfe's bottom dollar.

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