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
Did You Know?
The original play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA at the Playhouse Theater on 30 January 1935 and closed on 9 January 1937 after 835 performances. Teddy Hart
and Sam Levene
originated their movie roles in the play, and the cast also included Shirley Booth
as Mabel, and Millard Mitchell
as Charlie. The popular play had Broadway revivals in 1942, 1970 and 1993. See more
[after several drinks
That's funny. I'm kinda sorta feeling a little sleepy.
What you need is a little drink to wake you up.
[to Harry, the bartender
Harry, scotch for Erwin. He needs a pick-up.
Harry, the Bartender
He'll need picking up, alright.
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the radio when Mabel performs her act for Erwin See more