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Money from Home (1953)

 -  Comedy  -  31 December 1953 (USA)
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Herman owes a lot of gambling debts. To pay them off, he promises the mob he'll fix a horse, so that it does not run. He intends to trick his animal-loving cousin, Virgil, an apprentice ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Marjie Millar ...
Dr. Autumn Claypool
Bertie Searles
Seldom Seen Kid
Marshall Preston
Jumbo Schneider
Romo Vincent ...
The Poojah
Short Boy


Herman owes a lot of gambling debts. To pay them off, he promises the mob he'll fix a horse, so that it does not run. He intends to trick his animal-loving cousin, Virgil, an apprentice veterinarian, into helping him. Of course, he doesn't tell Virgil what he is really up to. Mistaken identities are assumed, while along the way, Virgil meets a female vet and Herman falls for the owner of the horse. Goons and mobsters are also lurking around; so beware! Written by erasmus

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horse | jockey | 3 dimensional




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31 December 1953 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



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1.75 : 1
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Reportedly one of only two 3-D films shot in three-strip Technicolor, the other being Flight to Tangier (1953). See more »


Even though the story is supposedly taking place in the early 1930s, before the repeal of prohibition (1933), all the automobiles are of the late 1930s/early 1940s variety. All the women's hair styles and fashions are from 1953. See more »


Virgil: So do me something.
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Referenced in Martin and Lewis (2002) See more »


Light Cavalry Overture
Music by Franz von Suppé
Played during the first part of the race
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Money from Home is the best Martin & Lewis comedy I've seen yet
26 August 2011 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just watched this first color Martin & Lewis feature on YouTube. In this one, they're running afoul of some gangsters as they get involved with a certain horse those hoods don't want to win. The owner of that horse is a woman named Phyllis Leigh (Marjie Millar) who's in some financial trouble. Dean, of course, romances her. Jerry, who's sort of an animal lover, ends up falling for a female veterinarian named Dr. Autumn Claypool (Pat Crowley). Among the bad guys I alluded to are Jumbo Schneider (Sheldon Leonard) and one of his henchmen played by Richard Strauss in his third go-around in an M & L movie. Leonard, by the way, is another of the players from my favorite movie-It's a Wonderful Life-that has appeared with the boys during this period. He was also a recurring player from both the radio and television versions of "The Jack Benny Program" as was Frank Nelson who's the voice of an instructor on the radio who gives directions that causes Jerry into hilarious positions. Another familiar player to me that I enjoyed seeing was Richard Haydn, who I remember as Finchley in a "Twilight Zone" ep, as Edwin Carp on "The Dick Van Dyke Show", and as Max Detweiler in The Sound of Music, here playing the supposed jockey Bertie Searles. One more player I want to acknowledge is Bobby Barber, a court jester on Abbott & Costello sets who often made cameos in their pictures and TV shows, who also makes one here as a bald man in a restroom. In summary, this was the most hilarious of the M & L features I've seen yet and both Ms. Millar and Ms. Crowley made very appealing leading ladies for Dean and Jerry, respectively. If there were any creative flaws, I certainly didn't notice them so on that note, I highly recommend Money from Home.

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