This movie predates Blazing Saddles and it's just as hilarious. Made for TV in 1971 it was unappreciated and remains mostly unknown. A quick look at the cast will give you some idea of the quality of script and acting. It is quite campy but very funny with no vulgarity, profanity or nudity and the allusions to violence are comic not glorified.
Pandro Berman, the producer, and Clarence Brown, the director, have made it into a conservatively exciting and engaging film whose chief virtue is its acting, especially a letter-perfect, beautifully felt performance by Mickey Rooney as the jockey.
I loved this movie when I was a kid, and was really excited to see it come out on Blueray. I bought this for my children who's ages are 12, 10, and 5 and they all just loved it. It has great musical numbers and alot of heart. You dont see these kids of movie come out anymore.