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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.

Director:

Erle C. Kenton

Writers:

Damon Runyon (story "Princess O'Hara"), Allen Boretz (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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 Teabisquit, 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 Teabisquit is entered in a famous ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

A WHIRLAWAY OF FUN! HA-HA HEE-HEE HO-HO HA-HA HEE-HEE HO-HO (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hold Your Horses See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

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Quotes

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 Guys and Dolls (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Timer
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Patsy O'Connor
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A Pair Of Teabiscuits
17 September 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Universal kept Abbott&Costello very busy during the World War II years. They made so many films one wonders when they had time to do personal tours and war bond rallies. One of the more unusual items the team made was It Ain't Hay which was taken from one of Damon Runyon's Broadway stories. You'll recognize some of the character names from Guys And Dolls.

Lou Costello accidentally kills Cecil Kellaway's horse. Kellaway drives a horse drawn cart in Central Park and Lou's guilt, plus the guilt laid on him by everyone else including Bud in a great scene, makes him buy a horse that some racing stable was selling.

Problems arise when Bud and Lou discover they have the wrong horse, the horse they were to buy was a dead ringer for the champion 'Teabiscuit'. The boys pick up the real Teabiscuit, but when they discover the mistake are determined to cash in on it.

The movie is plainly ripped off from the Marx Brothers A Day At The Races, but that doesn't prevent it from being funny. One definite weakness was that the musical score in the Marx film was a lot better than what Harry Revel and Paul Francis Webster wrote for It Ain't Hay. Still Leighton Noble and Grace McDonald handle the music end nicely and it doesn't get in the way of A&C's routines. And Eugene Palette as the villain gets a few laughs himself as he always does.

It Ain't Hay is not often shown and that's a pity. Catch it if possible and hope it comes out on both VHS and DVD.


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