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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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Audrey Trowbridge
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Charlie
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Frankie
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Harry
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Clarence Dobbins
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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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21 November 1936 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The Milton Bradley Company released a board game in 1936 called 3 Men on a Horse. The graphics on the box declare it "a sparkling game of chance for everybody" and "from Warner Bros.' laff hit!" See more »

Goofs

After Erwin's verses were recovered from the torn up and crumpled scraps of paper, the sheets they were written on appeared undamaged. See more »

Quotes

Frankie: One beer, Harry!
Harry, the Bartender: [Sarcastically] Two straws?
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Connections

Referenced in Bewitched: Three Men and a Witch on a Horse (1971) See more »

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Untitled
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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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