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So You Want to Play the Horses (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 5 October 1946 (USA)
Comedic Warmer Bros short film featuring George O'Hanlon as Joe McDoakes. In this outing, Joe just loves playing the horses and shows what you can do to improve your odds of winning. ... See full summary »

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Comedic Warmer Bros short film featuring George O'Hanlon as Joe McDoakes. In this outing, Joe just loves playing the horses and shows what you can do to improve your odds of winning. Hanging around the stables and getting to know the horses is one way or starting rumors about other horses is another. Then there's fate such seeing the same number everywhere or using your own math formula. Joe isn't having much luck but when he finally wins the big one, his bookie has another surprise for him. Written by garykmcd

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Followed by So You Want to Be an Heir (1953) See more »

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The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)
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Music by Harry Warren
Played before the seventh race
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George O'Hanlon as Joe McDoakes in typical short...
1 May 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

These Joe McDoakes shorts were popular in the '40s and this one is all about horses. We meet Joe who "always has a horse." He thinks he's going to divert others from picking the winner by spreading the word that so-and-so is a sure bet to win, knowing full well that his own winning pick will be kept secret. Naturally, the horse he gives the tip on, wins the race. Or else he picks a winner based on some random philosophy about numbers--the 7th day of the 7th month, etc. Nothing works out.

In the end, he's a real loser following the horses in a way he never expected to--and still a loser.

Passes the time, but nothing special.

Trivia note: The spoof of LOST WEEKEND provides a few funny moments.


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