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My Brother Talks to Horses (1947)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  4 February 1947 (USA)
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A classic film featuring a boy who is able to hear what the racehorses at the track are thinking. He bases their moods on how well he thinks they'll do, and tells his older brother who is ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins ...
Lewie Penrose
John S. Penrose
Martha Sterling
Mr. Bledsoe
Richard Pennington Roeder
Mrs. 'Ma' Penrose
Mr. Puddy
Mr. Gillespie
Ernest Whitman ...
Mr. Mordecai
Irving Bacon ...
Mr. Piper
Lillian Yarbo ...
Hector Damson
Harry Hayden ...
Mr. Gibley


A classic film featuring a boy who is able to hear what the racehorses at the track are thinking. He bases their moods on how well he thinks they'll do, and tells his older brother who is going to win that day. This earns him a reputation and gains him much attention, after people start to believe him. Written by Susan Kehl

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4 February 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Louie, My Brother Talked to Horses  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The horse named The Bart was inspired by the actual 1919 Preakness (and Triple Crown) winner Sir Barton. See more »


Referenced in Forecast (1945) See more »

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Butch Jenkins' Horse Sense
8 September 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

"Butch" Jenkins (as Lewie Penrose) is a boy who can communicate with horses. He lives with his brother Peter Lawford (as John) and a group of eccentrics. A trip to the racetrack results in the inevitable: Young Mr. Jenkins talks to the races horses, and accurately picks winners; of course, this attracts the unsavory...

The focus, and pace, of "My Brother Talks to Horses" is very weak. By far, the most appealing characters are the ones played by Jenkins and Ernest Whitman (as Mordecai). However appealing the other elements are (and, stuff like the edible beer bottle is appealing), they distract from, rather than compliment, the film. During the film's downtime, you have to wonder what Rod Serling or Alfred Hitchcock could have done with Jenkins and his horse sense.

*** My Brother Talks to Horses (2/4/47) Fred Zinnemann ~ Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins, Peter Lawford, Ernest Whitman

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