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It Ain't Hay

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Editorial Reviews

Comedy legends Bud Abbott and Lou Costello gallop their way to the racetrack in It Ain't Hay - a rare, early film based on a short story by Damon Runyon. When a taxi driver (Costello) unwittingly kills a carriage driver's elderly horse, he and his pal (Abbott) attempt to replace it by "borrowing" the famous racehorse Tea Biscuit. A reward for the stolen animal is announced, shifty Broadway locals, such as Umbrella Sam and Chauncey the Eye get involved, and the duo trots from one hilarious situation to another. The stakes are high in this comedy favorite that features classic routines including "Mudder/Fodder" and "Betting Parlor".

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  • Actors: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Grace MacDonald, Cecil Kellaway, Eugene Pallette
  • Directors: Erle C. Kenton
  • Writers: Allen Boretz, John Grant
  • Producers: Alex Gottlieb
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LLIRP4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,554 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I haven't seen this movie since I was kid, when our local TV station would air an Abbott & Costello movie at least once every weekend. What a delight to see this film again on DVD! It's typically daffy A&C nonsense about a cabbie (Lou) who accidentally kills the beloved horse of a carriage rider & family. So he & his pal (Bud, naturally) wind up replacing the horse with racing horse Tea Biscuit---which, of course, gets them in hot water when the famous thoroughbred is reported missing. As with a Damon Runyon yarn, the story is populated with cops, grifters & racing enthusiasts (similar to some A&C movies). There's even an in-joke at the beginning when one mug asks the other: "Why are you carrying an umbrella?" The reply: "Who knows? It's a Damon Runyon story!" Naturally, the story is tailored to feature some great A&C bits. There's the "mudder/fodder" routine (later reprised in "The Noose Hangs High") and "The Betting Parlor" scene, which is hysterical to watch poor Lou go into exasperated fits (and Bud cleverly turns the tables on the grifters).
The team gets some fine comic support from familiar faces Eugene Palette (comic foil) & Shemp Howard (a few years before he re-joined The Three Stooges). And 1943 was the year that saw A&C only turn out two pictures (the other was "Hit The Ice") after a frantic schedule of FOUR pictures per year. The reason being that 1943 dealt two cruel blows to Costello: The tragic death of his two year-old son and being stricken with rheumatic fever, which greatly weakened him.
I'm not certain what the earlier reviewer was saying about a "poor quality DVD" (perhaps they just got a bad one off the assembly line); mine played perfectly, and the print is in excellent condition for its age. The only minor quibble is that Universal didn't even bother adding a menu page. Hmmm...
Nevertheless, it was great seeing this rare A&C comedy finally arrive on DVD!
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Hi, I bought this movie for my Mom, and what a great choice it turned out to be. She just loves these old movies, and Abbott and Costello are one of her favorites, especially Costello. She really enjoyed this one, and commented on how funny it was! She use to have many of these comedies on vhs, and now I'm trying to get her dvds to replace them. She's already watched it more than once, and never gets tired of seeing them over and over again. I am very satisfied with my purchase of this funny movie, and my Mom couldn't be any happier. Thanks!
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What can I say! Abbott and Costello are favorites and I was glad to find this enjoyable film. There is music, their usual great dialogue, good supporting characters, and a sweet little story to interfere with their fun. They work with a young girl, a young couple, and a myriad of others to defeat the bad guys and get a racehorse to the track so he can win the purse and save the show.
This is a lesser watched movie, but I can recommend it for the collection.
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As a life-long Abbott & Costello fan with a big collection of DVDs,posters,etc. I HAD to buy this one. For many years that film was not available,from VHS to laserdisc to DVD. It had to do with an ongoing problem between the Damon Runyen estate & Universal Pictures. So when I discovered that it was finally for sale I bought it right away. And it turned out fine! The picture quality,sound,everything was great. Thank You very much!!
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IT AIN'T HAY
Universal Pictures
March 10, 1943
Runtime: 80 min.

Director:
Erle C. Kenton

Producer:
Alex Gottlieb

Writing Credits:
Allen Boretz
John Grant
Damon Runyon

Cast:
Bud Abbott - Grover Mockridge
Lou Costello - Wilbur Hoolihan
Wade Boteler - Man
Charles Coleman -
Paul Dubov - Tout
James Flavin - Cop
William Forrest - Banker
Kit Guard -
Harry Harvey - Shorty
Herbert Heyes - Manager
Samuel S. Hinds - Colonel Brainard
Robert Homans -
Shemp Howard - Umbrella Sam
George Humbert -
Selmer Jackson - Man
Cecil Kellaway - King O'Hara
Robert Watson Kuecher - Clerk
Richard Lane - Slicker
Mike Mazurki - Bouncer
Grace McDonald - Kitty McClain
Leighton Noble - Orchestra Leader
Jack Norton - Drunk
Patsy O'Connor - Peggy, Princess O'Hara
Spec O'Donnell - Newsboy
Eugene Pallette - Gregory Warner
Frank Penny - Ticket Seller
Ralph Peters - Man at Mike
Eddie Quillan - Harry, the horse
Harry Strang - Policeman
Andrew Tombes - Big Hearted Charlie
Herb Vigran - Man in Mike Room
Pierre Watkin - Major Harper
Matt Willis -

Music by:
Ralph Freed
Charles Previn
Harry Revel
Frank Skinner

Cinematography by:
Charles Van Enger

Film Editing by:
Frank Gross

Art Direction:
John B. Goodman

Set Decoration:
Russell A. Gausman
A.J.
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I have this on VHS and have been trying to find it on DVD. It completes my collection of Abbott and Costello films.
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