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It Ain't Hay (1943)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 19 March 1943 (USA)
Adaptation of the Damon Runyon story 'Princess O'Hara', in which the horse of a street vendor is replaced by a racehorse.


Erle C. Kenton


Damon Runyon (story "Princess O'Hara"), Allen Boretz (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bud Abbott ... Grover Mockridge
Lou Costello ... Wilbur Hoolihan
Grace McDonald ... Kitty McGloin
Cecil Kellaway ... King O'Hara
Eugene Pallette ... Gregory Warner
Patsy O'Connor Patsy O'Connor ... Peggy / Princess O'Hara
Leighton Noble ... Private Joe Collins
Shemp Howard ... Umbrella Sam
Samuel S. Hinds ... Colonel Brainard
Eddie Quillan ... Harry the Horse
Richard Lane ... Slicker
David Hacker David Hacker ... Chauncey the Eye
Andrew Tombes ... Big-Hearted Charlie
Wade Boteler ... Reilly
Selmer Jackson ... Grant


King O'Hara (Cecil Kellaway) uses his horse-drawn, handsome Hansom Cab to drive the guys and dolls of Broadway around and about Central Park, and all is well and good until O'Hara's ailing horse comes up more than a little bit ill and, in fact, ups and dies after King's friend, taxicab driver Wilbur Hoolihan (Lou Costello), inadvertently but effectively by administering candy to the ailing animal. Some of the guys and dolls are more than somewhat upset, especially those citizens, who carry rods and get a lot of pointed questions from police officers, and who aren't among those most admired as upright citizens. So, Wilbur sets out to acquire a new horse to pull King's Hansom Cab through Central Park. Wilbur rescues a lost horse and gives it to KIng. But the new horse , unknown to all, is a famous race-hose named Tea Biscuit, and it is soon noticed that the horse has a lot more spirit and giddy-up than the horse he replaced. And it is not long before Tea Biscuit is entered in a famous ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THEY'LL GIVE YOU THE "HOARSE" LAUGH...when I give THEM the laugh-laugh! A Fun-Hit You Can Place Your Money On to Win! See more »


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Did You Know?


During the "Glory Be" number you can see the cast march past a poster of "Who Done It? (1942)," the previous Bud Abbott and Lou Costello movie, which was also directed by Erle C. Kenton. See more »


When Grover places his $100 bet, he places it on Tea Biscuit's entered number. However, the horse with that number didn't win, so the ticket is worthless. Never mind that Tea Biscuit won the race; bets at the track are on numbers, not on names. See more »


Grover Mockridge: Go answer the door. It might be Warner.
Wilbur Hoolihan: It won't do no good. We're all signed up with Universal.
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Referenced in Svengoolie: The Return of the Vampire (2018) See more »


Hang Your Troubles on a Rainbow
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Leighton Noble
Danced by The Four Step Brothers
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26 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

It Ain't Hay (1943)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

I can finally say I've seen every Abbott and Costello film. It took me a while but I finally track down a copy of this one, which hasn't ever been released on home video due to some sort of rights issue. In the film, Costello accidentally kills a little girl's horse so he sets out to get her a new one. After waiting so long to finally see this one it really didn't turn out to be anything overly special. There are still some good gags but nothing too classic, although an inside joke about Universal was pretty nice. The "horse eats its father" joke was a highlight as was another scene where the boys try to pull a fast one and sneak off without paying for their lunch. Shemp Howard co-stars but it's Eugene Palette who really steals the film.

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Release Date:

19 March 1943 (USA) See more »

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Hold Your Horses See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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