Is The Movie Seabiscuit Historically Accurate? [#1 Answer]

In early 1937, in the Santa Anita Handicap, Seabiscuit had come second because Pollard was blind in one eye and did not see his competitor coming 😎 Although this was something Pollard had secretly kept to himself, Howard still rested his faith in him 🙈 And this eventually paid off well when Seabiscuit had won 11 of his 15 starts. Unfortunately, yet again, he missed the Horse of the Year title by a nose to War Admiral, a Triple Crown winner. As a result, because of their soaring popularity, the ultimate race between War Admiral and Seabiscuit was not a matter of how and why, but when and where. [1]
Did Charles Howard only have one son?No, Charles Howard also had two older sons. It was the youngest of the three, Frankie, who died in an automobile accident. Frank was actually around fifteen when he died, not twelve as the movie implies. This change was likely made to enhance the innocence of the character and to make Howard’s grief seem more heart-wrenching onscreen. In real life Howard would later build a hospital close to the location where Frankie died. He named the hospital after his son.How did Charles Howard really meet his second wife Marcela?Marcela was the older sister of Charles Howard’s son’s wife. (last revised 8 weeks ago by Sedale Giordano from Salta, Argentina) [2]
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Did Charles Howard only have one son?No, Charles Howard also had two older sons. It was the youngest of the three, Frankie, who died in an automobile accident. Frank was actually around fifteen when he died, not twelve as the movie implies. This change was likely made to enhance the innocence of the character and to make Howard’s grief seem more heart-wrenching onscreen. In real life Howard would later build a hospital close to the location where Frankie died. He named the hospital after his son.How did Charles Howard really meet his second wife Marcela?Marcela was the older sister of Charles Howard’s son’s wife. (edited by Benjamin Bennet from Chiclayo, Peru on October 12, 2021) [3]
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Calvin Cramer from theunion.com, mentions how ross must have taken much too literally a line from the Jimmy Stewart film of the early 1960s, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.” Stewart played a senator who had risen to fame and political office because his town’s residents thought he had had single-handedly killed the local bad man. The had legend grown over the years despite the lingering doubts of the town’s newspaper editor. In the end, Stewart admitted to the journalist that he wasn’t the hero, that the honourr belonged to someone else. The editor then spoke the film’s most famous line, to the effect that the legend, not the fact, was what the public needed to hear. (emended by Larry Q. From Paris, France on April 1, 2021) [4]
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Article References

  1. https://thecinemaholic.com/the-inspiring-story-behind-seabiscuit-explained/
  2. https://www.chasingthefrog.com/reelfaces/seabiscuit.php
  3. http://www.chasingthefrog.com/reelfaces/seabiscuit.php
  4. https://www.theunion.com/opinion/seabiscuit-they-filmed-legend-not-fact/
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