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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 going to win that day. This earns him a reputation and gains him much attention, after people start to believe him. Written by
Fred Zinnemann and producer, Samuel Marx, invited Morton Thompson, the author of the underlying material in his book 'Joe, the Wounded Tennis Player,' to a Projection Room screening of the first rough cut, which included 'Scene Missing" tags and ragged sound. When that first screening ended, Mort got up, never looked at either Zinnemann or Marx, and walked angrily out, slamming the door. Marx commented that obviously, authors do not need their written word to show their unhappiness. See more »
"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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