When Herman promises the mob to fix a racing horse in order to pay off his debts, he selects his veterinarian cousin as a patsy to help him but things go awry.


George Marshall


Hal Kanter (screenplay), James B. Allardice (adaptation) (as James Allardice) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Dean Martin ... Herman 'Honey Talk' Nelson
Jerry Lewis ... Virgil Yokum
Marjie Millar Marjie Millar ... Phyllis Leigh
Pat Crowley ... Dr. Autumn Claypool
Richard Haydn ... Bertie Searles
Robert Strauss ... Seldom Seen Kid
Gerald Mohr ... Marshall Preston
Sheldon Leonard ... Jumbo Schneider
Romo Vincent ... The Poojah
Jack Kruschen ... 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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Dean and Jerry horse around in 3-D.


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According to an August 1953 Hollywood Reporter news item, producers Hal B. Wallis and Joseph H. Hazen made the film independently, before a distributor was in place. In late June 1953, Wallis and Hazen dissolved their company, Hal Wallis Productions, through which they had made many films for Paramount release. 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 »


Honey Talk: Every dog has his day, but the nights are mine.
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Referenced in Martin and Lewis (2002) See more »


Largo al factotum
From "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" ("The Barber of Seville")
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Lyrics by Cesare Sterbini
Played on the radio in Phyllis' room
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Funny routine
2 May 2002 | by gregorhauserSee all my reviews

This one is a typical Martin/Lewis vehicle. They are cousins who have to manage a lot of troubles. Jerry gets his satirical performances, Dino gets his songs - they would manage their roles asleep and have a lot of self-ironic.

But there are still more positive aspects: It is the team´s first picture in color; George Marshall directs with sure hand and the supporting cast is very good although there are no big names in it; The first sequence in the movie where Dean is threaten by "Chambo Schneider" is a first class parody on gangster movie cliches of the Thirties;

To sum it up it is a pleasure for fans like me. 7/10.

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Release Date:

31 December 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Money from Home See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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