Produce Seven Film Shorts on Horse Racing: Prepared by American Tote Co. for Distribution to TV Stations, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-19


view raw text

Produce Seven Film Shorts on Horse Racing Prepared by American Tate Co. For Distribution to TV Stations NEW YORK, N. Y., June 18.— A series of seven film shorts entitled "Behind the Scenes" and depicting the inside story of everyday events on the race track has been produced by the American Totalisator Company and is now being readied for distribution to television stations throughout the nation. The shorts range from one minute to three and a quarter minutes in length and are designed to be used by television sportscasters as brief "spots" on their shows. Much of the material in the films previously appeared in motion picture productions of other racing organizations, and are presented in the new series in "clipped" form. The series also contains much original art and caricature work. The shorts cover the subjects of how and why horses are handicapped by race track officials; the lip tattoo system of identifying horses; the supervision of races by the film patrol; how the the mutuel and totalisator systems operate; the complexities of the photo finish; how saliva tests are taken and analyzed; and the breakdown of each dollar wagered by the fan showing the return to the bettor, state, track and horsemen. The film was prepared by Charles, Gur-nee and Ector Munn, of the American Totalisator Company. They announced that requests, for the series have been received from about 30 track publicity directors, who will make further distribution to television stations in their areas.

Persistent Link:
Local Identifier: drf1954061901_51_2
Library of Congress Record: