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Three Men on a Horse (1936)

Approved | | Comedy | 21 November 1936 (USA)
A meek salesman with an uncanny ability to pick horses is virtually kidnapped by a trio of gamblers.

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Mabel
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Carver
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Audrey Trowbridge
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Charlie
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Patsy
Teddy Hart ...
Frankie
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Harry
Paul Harvey ...
Clarence Dobbins
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Moses (as Eddie Anderson)
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Williams
Ottola Nesmith ...
Head Nurse (as Tola Nesmith)
Eily Malyon ...
Miss Burns
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Storyline

Erwin Trowbridge is a meek salesman blessed with the ability to predict winners in horse races. Even though he only dopes them out on paper and never actually bets, his wife is suspicious of his interest in horses and he's continuously bullied and browbeaten by his overbearing brother-in-law. Seeking solace in a few drinks in a local saloon, a trio of degenerate Runyonesque gamblers discover his talent and keep him a virtual prisoner in a room above the bar where they pressure him to continue to feed them his picks. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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3 Men on a Horse  »

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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 28, 1943 with Sam Levene reprising his film role. See more »

Quotes

Frankie: [Betting on Irma Kay, a longshot] Ain't she got a chance?
Gus, a Bookie: Any horse has a chance in a race.
Frankie: Yeah, that's right.
Gus, a Bookie: Except Irma Kay. It ain't moved faster than a trot since it was frightened by the first Model T.
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Connections

Remade as Three Men on a Horse (1969) See more »

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Untitled
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the radio when Mabel performs her act for Erwin
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Very funny 30's comedy (but also definitely dated)
15 November 2000 | by (Montana) – See all my reviews

The film definitely has some dated elements...even some humor that in the 30's probably would have been great but today one shrudders at their use.

Nevertheless, the film is great -- Frank McHugh plays a rare principle (which is a travesty since he is extremely funny and steals practically every scene he is in). Allen Jenkins also appears, playing another great hood (but loveable) character that he is so good at.

Watch McHugh's mastery of slight mannerisms that make his shy character come to life.


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