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The Day the Bookies Wept (1939)

Approved | | Comedy | 15 September 1939 (USA)
A group of taxi drivers pool their money and buy a beer-loving racehorse.

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Joe Penner ...
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Ina Firpo
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Ramsey Firpo
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Pinky Brophy
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Colonel March
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Margie, Taxi Rider
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Patsy
Vinton Hayworth ...
Harry, Rider with Margie (as Jack Arnold)
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The taxi drivers of the Colonel Cab Company are tired of losing money at the racetrack. When Ramsey Firpo sees the winnings taken home by one of the horse owners, he convinces the other drivers to chip in some money to buy a horse of their own. Firpo taps fellow driver Ernest Ambrose, his sister Ina's goofy boyfriend, to go to Kentucky to buy the horse and, based on Ambrose's success with pigeons, to become the horse's trainer. Despite Ina's warnings to stay away from horse racing, Ambrose goes to Kentucky and meets Colonel March (a con man) and Patsy (his accomplice, posing as his daughter "Gwendolyn"). Colonel March buys Hiccup, a broken-down nag with an alcohol problem, for twenty bucks and makes sure Ambrose pays five hundred dollars for him the next day at the auction. Firpo and the cab drivers are excited to see Hiccup in action (chasing a beer truck down the streets of New York), but Hiccup's performance on the racetrack is disappointing. That is, until Ina overhears Colonel ... Written by Jimmy L.

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15 September 1939 (USA)  »

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Na Reta de Chegada  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Ernest 'Ernie' Ambrose: If you see Ina, will you tell her to come up and see me?
Ramsey Firpo: What for?
Ernest 'Ernie' Ambrose: So I can give her a nickel so I can call her on the telephone.
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Wanna Buy a Horse?
11 May 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Joe Penner is primarily remembered for the catchphrase "Wanna buy a duck?" and for the vocal imitation that Looney Tunes' Egghead did of him -- the character later evolved into Elmer Fudd. Briefly a leading movie comedian, Penner made perhaps half a dozen movies and then.... well, I suppose he's dead by now. After spending more than an hour listening to his voice, I certainly hope so.

This movie, however, is a decent little affair, thanks to some beautiful comedy construction by the screenwriters, including George Jeske, and director Leslie Goodwins, who fill the movie with plenty of good gags, a nice comic turn by Thurston Hall as a con man, Betty Grable getting her break as the love interest and some good supporting comic turns, like Tom Kennedy.

This movie is by no means a great one, but a decent example of the sort of decent comedy that can be turned out by talented professionals despite a dud in the leading spot.


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