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It Ain't Hay (1943)

 -  Comedy  -  19 March 1943 (USA)
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Considered by Bud Abbott and Lou Costello fans to be their "lost" film, it was never actually lost but was unavailable for viewing for many years due to legal issues with the Damon Runyon estate. The film was televised decades ago (presumably before the legal issues arose) but was never released on video, and was not included in MCA/Universal's original DVD sets of Abbott and Costello films that came out in 2004. In 2008 the rights issues were cleared and "It Ain't Hay" was included in the DVD release "Abbott and Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection." See more »

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When Grover places his $100 bet, he places it on Teabiscuit's entered number. However, the horse with that number didn't win, so the ticket is worthless. Never mind that Teabiscuit won the race; bets at the track are on numbers, not on names. See more »

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Grover Mockridge: Go answer the door. It might be Warner.
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Music by Harry Revel
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A Pair Of Teabiscuits
17 September 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Universal kept Abbott&Costello very busy during the World War II years. They made so many films one wonders when they had time to do personal tours and war bond rallies. One of the more unusual items the team made was It Ain't Hay which was taken from one of Damon Runyon's Broadway stories. You'll recognize some of the character names from Guys And Dolls.

Lou Costello accidentally kills Cecil Kellaway's horse. Kellaway drives a horse drawn cart in Central Park and Lou's guilt, plus the guilt laid on him by everyone else including Bud in a great scene, makes him buy a horse that some racing stable was selling.

Problems arise when Bud and Lou discover they have the wrong horse, the horse they were to buy was a dead ringer for the champion 'Teabiscuit'. The boys pick up the real Teabiscuit, but when they discover the mistake are determined to cash in on it.

The movie is plainly ripped off from the Marx Brothers A Day At The Races, but that doesn't prevent it from being funny. One definite weakness was that the musical score in the Marx film was a lot better than what Harry Revel and Paul Francis Webster wrote for It Ain't Hay. Still Leighton Noble and Grace McDonald handle the music end nicely and it doesn't get in the way of A&C's routines. And Eugene Palette as the villain gets a few laughs himself as he always does.

It Ain't Hay is not often shown and that's a pity. Catch it if possible and hope it comes out on both VHS and DVD.


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