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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:

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 »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to "The Complete Universal Pictures Collection" of Abbott and Costello, the original title of this movie would have been "Hold Your Horses", but it was changed to honor Abbott and Costello's success in raising money for America's war bond drive. It was so successful, that the film makers' way of describing the effort was to state that "It Ain't Hay". See more »

Goofs

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

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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Connections

Remake of Princess O'Hara (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Timer
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Patsy O'Connor
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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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