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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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King O'Hara
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Patsy O'Connor ...
Peggy / Princess O'Hara
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Private Joe Collins
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Col. Brainard
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Harry, the Horse
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Slicker
Andrew Tombes ...
Big Hearted Charlie
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Reilly
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Grant
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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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4 HIT TUNES by Harry Revel and Paul Francis Webster..."Sunbean Serenade" "Old Timer" "Glory Be" "Hang Your Troubles on a Rainbow" 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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During the "Glory Be" number you can see the cast march past a poster of Who Done It? (1942), the previous Bud Abbott and Lou Costello movie, which was also directed by Erle C. Kenton. See more »

Goofs

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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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Old Timer
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Patsy O'Connor
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A Pair Of Teabiscuits
17 September 2010 | by 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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