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Crazy Over Horses (1951)

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The boys get mixed up with a race horse & crooked gamblers.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Gorcey ...
Huntz Hall ...
Weepin' Willie
Gloria Saunders ...
Terry Flynn
Tim Ryan ...
William 'Billy' Benedict ...
Whitey (as William Benedict)
Bernard Gorcey ...
David Gorcey ...
Chuck (as David Condon)
Benny Bartlett ...
Butch (as Bennie Bartlett)
Michael Ross ...
Swifty (as Mike Ross)
Russell Hicks ...
Peggy Wynne ...
Sam Balter ...
Leo 'Ukie' Sherin ...


Slip, Sach, Chuck , Butch and Whitey suddenly become the Mahoney Collection Agency when they learn that Flynn, stable and second-hand store owner, has owed $250 to Louie, Sweet Shop proprietor, for over two years. Flynn, who has a daughter named Terry) persuades Slip to accept "My Girl," a horse, in payment for the debt. Flynn has been boarding the horse for months but has not been paid. "My Girl" is a really good race horse that is actually owned by racketeer Big Al, who with Weepin' Willie and Swifty, are planning to run the horse in a future race as a ringer for their long-odds and very-slow horse, Tarzana. The Bowery boys learn of this and switch horses. Big Al, Willie and Swifty switch back. This goes on until finally the Boys have "My Girl,", the good horse and Big Al and company have Tarzana, the nag, but think they have "My Girl." Written by Les Adams <>

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Action | Comedy | Sport






Release Date:

18 November 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Win, Place and Show  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Shot in six days. See more »


Followed by High Society (1955) See more »

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Bowery Boys #24
29 September 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Crazy Over Horses (1951)

** (out of 4)

Rather bland entry in the series has the Louie being owed money by an old friend so he sends the boys out to collect but instead of cash they come back with a horse. It turns out this is a very special horse as gangsters plan on replacing it with a lookalike so that they can have the odds go up on a bad horse and then they'll race the quick one. Number twenty-four (if you're still counting) isn't all that memorable as we get a rather familiar story of the boys getting involved with a crooked scam and nothing here is one bit original or and we've seen it countless times before. The entire movie just had a very lazy feel to it as if everyone involved knew they weren't doing anything overly special and they just mailed everything in. The only sequence that comes off mildly entertaining is one where the boys charge into Louie's restaurant thinking that he has turned the horse into hamburger and what happens to the customer inside the store is pretty funny. Outside of that this is pretty weak all around. The most surprising thing is that the cast pretty much just sleepwalks through things. Leo Gorcey is once again back as Slip but he appears to be bored and many of his mixed up words simply aren't funny or too cleaver here. Huntz Hall continues to grow dumber and dumber but the screenplay really doesn't do him any favors. There's one interesting scene where Gorcey pretty much sends him packing but nothing ever really comes of it. The horse racing scenes are all boring as the supporting cast doesn't help much either and that includes Allen Jenkins in his supporting role. Heck, even Bernard Gorcey comes off rather tame this time out.

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