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Three Men on a Horse (1936)

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

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Carol Hughes ...
Audrey Trowbridge
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Sam Levene ...
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Teddy Hart ...
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Paul Harvey ...
Clarence Dobbins
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Virginia Sale ...
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Ottola Nesmith ...
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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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3 Men on a Horse  »

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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 »

Quotes

Frankie: I thought you didn't believe in horseracin', Harry?
Harry, the Bartender: That's before I met Erwin.
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Referenced in Bewitched: Three Men and a Witch on a Horse (1971) See more »

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Music by Harry Warren
Played on the radio when Mabel performs her act for Erwin
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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.


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