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It Ain't Hay (1943)

Approved | | Comedy | 19 March 1943 (USA)
Adaptation of the Damon Runyon story 'Princess O'Hara', in which the horse of a street vendor is replaced by a racehorse.

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Kitty McClain
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Gregory Warner
Patsy O'Connor ...
Peggy / Princess O'Hara
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Private Joe Collins
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Umbrella Sam
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Col. Brainard
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Harry, the Horse
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Slicker
Andrew Tombes ...
Big Hearted Charlie
Wade Boteler ...
Reilly
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Grant
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The Step-Brothers (as The Step-Brothers)
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Adaptation of the Damon Runyon story 'Princess O'Hara', in which the horse of a street vendor is replaced by a racehorse.

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A WHIRLAWAY OF FUN! HA-HA HEE-HEE HO-HO HA-HA HEE-HEE HO-HO (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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19 March 1943 (USA)  »

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Hold Your Horses  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The restaurant where Wilbur runs up a tab is called "Grant's Cafeteria", an inside joke referring to John Grant, a longtime writer for Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. See more »

Goofs

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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Umbrella Sam: [when asked why he always carries his umbrella, rain or shine] How should I know... I'm a Damon Runyon character!
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Remake of Princess O'Hara (1935) See more »

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Saratoga Cafe
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by The Vagabonds
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Excellent Abbott and Costello film!

The comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were in their prime in the 1940's (particularly the early 1940's) and this offering from 1943 is very funny indeed. Based on a Damon Runyon story "Princess O'Hara" (and featuring some of the classic Runyon characters such as Harry the Horse), it's been tailored for the A & C brand of comedy, and features some of their funniest routines (the "mudder & fodder" exchange, which was repeated in their later film "The Noose Hangs High"; stealing the horse, the climactic horse race scene, etc.) Like most of their early features (with the notable exception of the great "Who Done It"), there's also the mandatory songs - they are a mild intrusion, but on their own merit are quite good. (These song numbers were a stock element in the Universal comedies at the time, so you just have to tolerate them, but, like in the Marx Brothers comedies, they did seem to be there just to "pad out" the running time.) There's also a gem of a supporting performance by the great character actor Eugene Palette.

Unfortunately, "It Ain't Hay" is currently tied up in legal knots, which keeps it out of circulation at the present time. Due to this, it was not included in the great A & C collection released recently on DVD by MCA, nor has it been shown on television for many years. Hopefully these legal issues will be resolved, and this fine example of the great comedy duo's work will receive the distribution it deserves.


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