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It Ain't Hay

4.5 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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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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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LLIRP4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,730 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Randy E. Halford on 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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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 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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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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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. It is the antics of Costello that keeps the weak script alive. But throught all this, it is a movie where you can just sit back and enjoy.
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By Ricky on April 16, 2012
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At long last we finally have It Ain't Hay on a seperate DVD. The transfer is great, no DVNR used, but it's still a DVD R which is a drawback. Why can't the studios use a regular DVD pressing instead of giving us DVD R? Anyway it's great to see A & C in this very enjoyable film. PS: Universal doesn't even have a menu on this DVD R.
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I bought the film primarily to see Shemp Howard. While it was a small role in the film, as usual it provided another opportunity to see why he was such a unique part of the entertainment world - both as a solo performer and a founding member of The Three Stooges.
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