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It Ain't Hay (2011)

Bud Abbott , Lou Costello , Erle C. Kenton  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LLIRP4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,872 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Abbott & Costello! March 1, 2011
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Quality for the date of film January 19, 2011
By bman
I love Abbott and Costello and was glad to find this film on DVD. The quality was fine for a movie made in 1943 and it played just fine in my DVD. I am not sure what issue the other reviewing had but sounds like they might be a competitor making up stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Will not play on our DVD January 7, 2014
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I purchased this as a Christmas gift for my husband. It would not play in our DVD player. After close scrutiny of the box we found, in very fine print that it might not play on all DVD players. We tested it briefly on a friend's machine and it did play there and looked okay, but we have yet to watch the film. Not sure when we will. I don't remember seeing any mention of this on the Amazon site.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally,it's 'home'! March 25, 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars glad to own it February 19, 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Horse Jinx October 16, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the old classics July 11, 2011
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Movie is fun that is fit for the whole family to enjoy. No bad laguage or off color jokes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Ain't Bad! March 16, 2014
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As an Abbott n Costello fan this was a welcome edition!
The boys need to get a horse for an old man whom has lost his own, this being an isue as the old man is a 'taxi buggy' person that existed back when cars were becoming more of a thing.

Through a series of mistakes, the boys instead wind up with the world's greatest race horse under their roofs, making them THiEVES!
Now the race is on(lol) to return the horse before they get caught!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the movie.
Thank you. Enjoyed the movie. Love Bud Abbott.
Published 2 months ago by JayDee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie...funny
Published 2 months ago by wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars It Aint Hay
In this movie Lou Costello actually plays a dramatic role, when he tries to cure a horse he gave a candy cane to eat. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robert B. ZUCKERMAN
3.0 out of 5 stars No Horse Snce
Abbtt And Costello movies can be divied itnto three classes - great, average and not so good. "It Ain't Hey" is in the middle of average. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Pete N. Austira
4.0 out of 5 stars A big fan of Abbott & Costello
This is a lost classic, you can never go wrong in purchasing an Abbott & Costello movie, and this one has a simple story line but very funny a great movie to watch on a rainy day.
Published 15 months ago by Alec James
5.0 out of 5 stars Though it is an old movie it has a great story line
doesn't play the best but it is worth it to have the movie in my collection I really like abbott and costello
Published 17 months ago by Rachel Proper
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE TEAM'S BEST FILMS
Universal Pictures
March 10, 1943
Runtime: 80 min.

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Published 19 months ago by BILLY ANTIMISIARIS
4.0 out of 5 stars It Ain't Hey
This is a very pleasant classic movie to watch. It feels dated of course, but I love Abbott & Costello so much, that I enjoyed the movie.
Published 19 months ago by Carloucio
5.0 out of 5 stars IT AIN'T HAY
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