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Three Men on a Horse

Released Nov 21, 1936 1h 28m Comedy List
Reviews 57% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
Milquetoast greeting card writer Erwin Trowbridge (Frank McHugh) gets into a fight with his wife, Audrey (Carol Hughes), and wanders into a bar to drown his sorrows. There, he meets three gamblers (Sam Levene, Allen Jenkins, Teddy Hart) and endears himself to them with his knack for picking winning horses. The gamblers, realizing that Erwin's skill is indeed useful, hold him hostage in the bar for their own enrichment, while both his wife and his boss search for him frantically. Read More Read Less

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Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine A good screen adaptation... Very funny. Sep 25, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member The funniest horse racing comedy movie ever, LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Warner Brothers contract players come off with an above average little gem, especially for 1936. Too much of this is stereotypical, but the Warners' signature gangland-style plot derivative is still present and there is still studio influence to talk "gangsterese". This was the same year Bogart took this out to preposterous lengths and it made him the great gangster one-line character actor he was. Any of the men in this movie could have done the same thing. It was the same thing in the Warner stable: who would get to the Gangster throne first? It was Humphrey Bogart, and now these just-as-good other actors are forgotten. Joan Blondell could have been what Bette Davis became, but her star never quite rose and her popularity never surfaced until the 1960s on television, when her name finally became a household word. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member [font=Verdana]Warner Brothers made series of gangster comedies in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Best known are [i]A Slight Case of Murder[/i] and [i]Larceny Inc.[/i] both starring Edward G. Robinson. [i]Three Men on a Horse[/i] falls into this same sub-genre. Originally a play co-written by George Abbott that ran on Broadway for close to two years with Frank McHugh and Sam Levene originating the same roles they perform in the movie. [/font] [font=Verdana]Erwin Trowbridge (Frank McHugh) is a loser. A henpecked husband who writes greeting cards sayings for a living, works for a company where he is grossly underpaid and treated like dirt. His home life is not much better, a ditz for a wife and brother in law who constantly berates him for not making money. You see Erwin bets on the ponies, and he always wins. Only he doesn’t bet for money. Never for money, that would be cheating. According to Patsy (Sam Levene) a Damon Runyon type gambler, Erwin is a poet. Patsy also sees Erwin as the goldmine he and his pals have been waiting for. Along with Levene, Allen Jenkins and Teddy Hart are the gamblers who kidnap Erwin with a plan to make them a fortune. Joan Blondell, using her [/font][font=Verdana]Brooklyn[/font][font=Verdana] accent to its best advantage, is Mabel, Patsy’s girlfriend. Eddie Rochester Anderson and Alan Hale are also on board as employees at the hotel where the gamblers are keeping Erwin while he comes up with the winning horses. The film was directed by Mervlyn LeRoy though there is no director’s credit given in the film. [i]Three Men on a Horse[/i] is a pleasant humorous film filled enough laughs to satisfy even though it is somewhat dated at times. Nice performances by everyone in the cast. [/font] [font=Verdana]It looks like Warner’s took their “B” team and gave them their own game to play and they came away a winner. [/font] Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Milquetoast greeting card writer Erwin Trowbridge (Frank McHugh) gets into a fight with his wife, Audrey (Carol Hughes), and wanders into a bar to drown his sorrows. There, he meets three gamblers (Sam Levene, Allen Jenkins, Teddy Hart) and endears himself to them with his knack for picking winning horses. The gamblers, realizing that Erwin's skill is indeed useful, hold him hostage in the bar for their own enrichment, while both his wife and his boss search for him frantically.
Director
Mervyn LeRoy
Producer
Samuel Bischoff
Screenwriter
John Cecil Holm
Distributor
Warner Bros.
Production Co
Warner Bros.
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 21, 1936, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Oct 4, 2016
Runtime
1h 28m