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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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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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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 »

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Frankie: We'll be in the big time again. A couple of winners and we'll be on Easy Street.
Charlie: [sarcastically] Yeah, sweepin' it!
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Referenced in Bewitched: Three Men and a Witch on a Horse (1971) See more »

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A bit too shrill and obvious to be among the better comedies of the era.
6 April 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Three Men on a Horse" is a mildly amusing 1930s comedy. However, its a very loud movie and is about as subtle, at times, as a stripper at a Baptist barbecue!

When the film begins, you learn that Irwin (Frank McHugh) has an odd hobby--he picks race horse winners. However, and this is what makes it odd, he does not bet on them...despite being able to pick winner after winner. When some mobsters discover him, he has some new best friends--best friends who also take a strong interest in his job, as Irwin is a mousy sort of guy who lets his boss (Guy Kibbee--in an uncharacteristic sort of nasty role) push him around. Their help, it turns out, also helps Irwin deal with his interfering brother-in- law and leads to a case where the worm clearly turns and asserts himself.

It's nice to see a film where all the actors are folks who usually are supporting actors--not just McHugh and Kibbee but also Alan Jenkins and Edgar Kennedy. The only A-list actor here is Joan Blondell who, in an unusual twist, only has a supporting role. The humor is okay here, however, and could have been a lot better had the direction been better. Too many performances were either shrill and annoying (Irwin's wife!) and seemed a bit over the top (Blondell) and lacked subtlety or believability. As a result, it's only a fair comedy and could have been better.


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