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The Dummy Owner (1938)

Leon's boss buys a racehorse, but doesn't want word to get out that he is the owner, so he has the papers filled out showing Leon as the owner of record. At first, Leon is excited, but the ... See full summary »

Director:

Jean Yarbrough (as Jean W. Yarbrough)

Writers:

George Jeske (story), Harold Law (story)
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Cast overview:
Leon Errol ... Leon Errol
Billy Franey ... (as Bill Franey)
Maxine Jennings ... Mrs. Errol
Edward Keane
Eddie Kane Eddie Kane ... (as Edward Kane)
Frank O'Connor
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Leon's boss buys a racehorse, but doesn't want word to get out that he is the owner, so he has the papers filled out showing Leon as the owner of record. At first, Leon is excited, but the arrangement soon creates difficulty for him. First, he knows nothing about horses except how to bet on them, and second, when his wife finds out, she is furious. Written by Snow Leopard

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1938 (USA) See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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The Horse Laughs
10 September 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

In this episode of his long-running RKO shorts series, Leon Errol is a dummy owner of a race horse; that is, he is fronting for his boss, lest the company's owners get suspicious of whose money is involved. Maxine Jennings -- Leon's married to her in this go-around -- objects to his spending money on horses when he could be spending money on her, and so he sells her -- the horse, that is -- to Eddie Kane.

It's not one of Leon's better shorts; he's much better in the shorts where he gets himself into trouble, and then jitters his way out. Still, for seventeen minutes you get some good comedy shtick from Leon's veteran team of Clem Beauchamps, George Jesske, and director Jean Yarborough.

Series semi-regular Billy Franey appears in this one, not as Leon's father-in-law, but as a racetrack tout.


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