9 user 1 critic

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.




(screen play), (from the play by) | 1 more credit »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Aging ex-con tries to stop his daughter from getting involved with shady characters.

Director: Harry Beaumont
Stars: Wallace Beery, Tom Drake, Dorothy Patrick
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A beguiling international jewel thief loses her heart.

Director: Edwin H. Knopf
Stars: Greer Garson, Michael Wilding, Fernando Lamas
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Scientists have developed a method for winning at the track. Lovely Ava is a horse owner interest to a desperate gambler.

Director: Willis Goldbeck
Stars: James Craig, Frances Gifford, Ava Gardner
Clipped Wings (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Slip and Sach to go the local Air Force base to find out why their friend, an Air Force enlisted man, is in the stockade and charged with treason. Mistaking a recruiting office for a ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Bernds
Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bernard Gorcey
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A king finds himself with no purpose in his reign, abdicates his throne to return to the wife and child he left many years ago when he was called to duty to be the king of his country.

Director: John G. Adolfi
Stars: George Arliss, Marjorie Gateson, Dudley Digges
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A juror in a murder trial takes pity on the recently acquitted defendant and invites her to move into his family's home and his son soon falls in love with her.

Director: Charles Vidor
Stars: Brian Aherne, Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The Bowery Boys find themselves in London, in an old mansion complete with a dungeon, an ominous bell tower and the ghost of an old hangman.

Director: Edward Bernds
Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bernard Gorcey
Ladies' Day (1943)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A top baseball pitcher "loses" his pitching skills whenever he falls in love. His teammates try to get him to settle down with one woman so they can start winning some games.

Director: Leslie Goodwins
Stars: Lupe Velez, Eddie Albert, Patsy Kelly
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Balkan Prince Henry has two wishes, to meet Lauren Bacall and see the "real" America. He befriends cabbie Buzz Williams and, without knowing the microphone is live, the two stage a debate ... See full summary »

Director: David Butler
Stars: Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson, Joan Leslie
The Big Timer (1932)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An up and coming boxer ( Ben Lyon) runs into problems when he takes on a women fight manager (Constance Cummings). Ben Lyon is once again playing with Tom Dugan [They co-starred in "The Hot... See full summary »

Director: Edward Buzzell
Stars: Ben Lyon, Constance Cummings, Thelma Todd
Certificate: Passed Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Four battle-weary American soldiers under fire reflect on the women they left behind.

Directors: John S. Robertson, Edward H. Griffith
Stars: William Boyd, James Gleason, Lew Cody
The Cuckoos (1930)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two phony fortune tellers get mixed up with gypsies.

Director: Paul Sloane
Stars: Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Dorothy Lee


Complete credited cast:
Audrey Trowbridge
Teddy Hart ...
Clarence Dobbins
Moses (as Eddie Anderson)
Ottola Nesmith ...
Head Nurse (as Tola Nesmith)
Eily Malyon ...
Miss Burns


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

21 November 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

3 Men on a Horse  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


A considerable number of cast members listed in studio records (with their character names) did not appear in the final print: Margaret Irving (Gloria Gray), George Chandler (Al), Cliff Saum (Bus Conductor), Harry Hayden (Man on Bus), Edith Craig (Woman Bettor), Irene Coleman (Woman Bettor), John Sheehan (Man Bettor) and Pat West (Man Bettor). See more »


Frankie: One beer, Harry!
Harry, the Bartender: [Sarcastically] Two straws?
See more »


Version of Drei Mann auf einem Pferd (1961) See more »


Music by Harry Warren
Played on the radio when Mabel performs her act for Erwin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

One of those fast moving comedies Warner's did so well in the 30's
7 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the 1930's Warner Bros. had a group of supporting players that they largely cast in the manic comedies that they did so well in those days. Three of those players - Frank McHugh, Guy Kibbee, and Joan Blondell - all show up in this often forgotten little film. What is so odd here is Joan Blondell, after several starring roles, is playing in support of Frank McHugh. McHugh had been an excellent supporting player in all kinds of Warner Bros. pictures for several years - an eccentric choreographer in Busby Berkeley's "Footlight Parade", a kind-hearted neer-do-well in the melodrama "Lily Turner", etc. However, here McHugh is the center of attention, and he handles it well.

Here Warners has managed to combine comedy with crime after the production code was in full effect with no danger of violating the code yet with great comic effect. McHugh plays a mild-mannered man who writes greeting card slogans and lives in a house on a street where every house looks the same. One morning, after a fight with his brother-in-law, he stops in at a bar rather than going to work. There he makes the acquaintance of three hoods who are trying to pick a winning horse without much success. The key to this new friendship is that McHugh has a gift for picking the winning horse in every race every day as long as he doesn't bet himself.

If you ever run across this film I strongly recommend it for an amusing way to spend eighty or so minutes.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Help junejarachitta
Discuss Three Men on a Horse (1936) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: