Miracle of the White Stallions (1963)

117 mins | Drama | 1963

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
8 Mar 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
3 Apr 1962
p. 10.
Daily Variety
26 Apr 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
18 May 1962
p. 6.
Daily Variety
24 May 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
29 May 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
11 Jun 1962
p. 5.
Daily Variety
15 Jun 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
27 Jul 1962
p. 10.
Daily Variety
1 Mar 1963
pp. 8-9.
Daily Variety
27 Mar 1963
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
3 Apr 1963
Section C, p. 12.
Los Angeles Times
4 Apr 1963
Section C, p. 9.
New York Times
15 May 1962
p. 48.
New York Times
23 May 1963
p. 31.
Variety
11 Apr 1962
p. 4.
Variety
17 Oct 1962
p. 3, 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Walt Disney Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2nd unit photog
ART DIRECTORS
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Prod mgr
Tech adv
Dial coach
Tech supv in Vienna filming
Additional Lipizzan horses
Additional Lipizzan horses
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Ein Leben für die Lipizzaner by Alois Podhajsky (Munich, 1960).
SONGS
"Just Say Auf Wiedersehen," words and music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1963
Premiere Information:
Chicago opening: 29 March 1963
Los Angeles opening: 3 April 1963
New York City opening: 22 May 1963
Production Date:
began 4 June 1962
Copyright Claimant:
Walt Disney Productions
Copyright Date:
11 February 1963
Copyright Number:
LP24526
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
117
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

During the final critical months of World War II, Colonel Alois Podhajsky, the director of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, is denied permission by General Stryker to evacuate the school's prized Lipizzan horses, endangered by the bombardment of the city. Desperate, he enlists the aid of General Tellheim, a sympathetic German who permits Podhajsky and his chief rider, Otto, to smuggle the white stallions to the safety of an old castle belonging to the Countess Arco-Valley. However, the mares had earlier been transferred to Czechoslovakia, and Podhajsky is now faced with the possibility of the rare breed becoming extinct. When an American advance guard arrives at the castle, Podhajsky stages a performance in order to persuade General Patton to include the Lipizzan mares as part of the Allied prisoner liberation program, and the Spanish Riding School becomes officially protected by the United States Army. Under the command of Colonel Reed, the Lipizzan mares are rounded up from Czechoslovakia before the arrival of the Russian force and returned to Podhajsky, thus insuring the continuation of the breed. Ten years later, on the 212th anniversary of the Riding Hall, the Lipizzans are once more performing at the Imperial Court in ... +


During the final critical months of World War II, Colonel Alois Podhajsky, the director of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, is denied permission by General Stryker to evacuate the school's prized Lipizzan horses, endangered by the bombardment of the city. Desperate, he enlists the aid of General Tellheim, a sympathetic German who permits Podhajsky and his chief rider, Otto, to smuggle the white stallions to the safety of an old castle belonging to the Countess Arco-Valley. However, the mares had earlier been transferred to Czechoslovakia, and Podhajsky is now faced with the possibility of the rare breed becoming extinct. When an American advance guard arrives at the castle, Podhajsky stages a performance in order to persuade General Patton to include the Lipizzan mares as part of the Allied prisoner liberation program, and the Spanish Riding School becomes officially protected by the United States Army. Under the command of Colonel Reed, the Lipizzan mares are rounded up from Czechoslovakia before the arrival of the Russian force and returned to Podhajsky, thus insuring the continuation of the breed. Ten years later, on the 212th anniversary of the Riding Hall, the Lipizzans are once more performing at the Imperial Court in Vienna. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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