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Three Men on a Horse (1936)

A meek salesman with an uncanny ability to pick horses is virtually kidnapped by a trio of gamblers.


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Laird Doyle (screen play), John Cecil Holm (from the play by) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Frank McHugh ... Erwin Trowbridge
Joan Blondell ... Mabel
Guy Kibbee ... Carver
Carol Hughes ... Audrey Trowbridge
Allen Jenkins ... Charlie
Sam Levene ... Patsy
Teddy Hart Teddy Hart ... Frankie
Edgar Kennedy ... Harry
Paul Harvey ... Clarence Dobbins
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Moses (as Eddie Anderson)
Virginia Sale ... Chambermaid
Harry Davenport ... Williams
Ottola Nesmith ... Head Nurse (as Tola Nesmith)
Eily Malyon ... Miss Burns


Erwin Trowbridge is a meek salesman blessed with the ability to predict winners in horse races. Even though he only dopes them out on paper and never actually bets, his wife is suspicious of his interest in horses and he's continuously bullied and browbeaten by his overbearing brother-in-law. Seeking solace in a few drinks in a local saloon, a trio of degenerate Runyonesque gamblers discover his talent and keep him a virtual prisoner in a room above the bar where they pressure him to continue to feed them his picks. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Release Date:

21 November 1936 (USA) See more »

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Drie gokkers See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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A considerable number of cast members listed in studio records (with their character names) did not appear in the final print: Margaret Irving (Gloria Gray), George Chandler (Al), Cliff Saum (Bus Conductor), Harry Hayden (Man on Bus), Edith Craig (Woman Bettor), Irene Coleman (Woman Bettor), John Sheehan (Man Bettor) and Pat West (Man Bettor). See more »


After Erwin's verses were recovered from the torn up and crumpled scraps of paper, the sheets they were written on appeared undamaged. See more »


Patsy: Listen to this: "Why was it that I chose to roam? Cross land and sea, so far from home. If that be life, my mutter dear, I send this card, of love and cheer. Mutter's Day, number 37." That touches ya, ya know that. Right here.
Mabel: Yeah. Like seein' a good, sad movie, ain't it. Gee.
Patsy: You know, this Erwin guy ain't bein' appreciated.
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Version of Drei Mann auf einem Pferd (1978) See more »


Music by Richard A. Whiting
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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No Stars To Get In The Way
18 April 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In adapting Three Men On A Horse for the screen Jack Warner took a big chance in not having one of his box office leads headline in this film. Instead Three Men On A Horse remains pretty faithful to the Broadway play and gives some of the character people under contract at Warner Brothers a chance to shine on their own. I don't know about you, but personally I like these kind of films where all these performers with a particular shtick get to outdo the other.

The nominal lead is Frank McHugh and it seemed like either he or Alan Hale appeared in every Warner Brothers production of consequence for a while. McHugh plays the typical henpecked milquetoast who does poetry for greeting cards for a living and grossly underpaid for his originality and he has a genius at doping out winning horses. But that's only a hobby, he never bets himself.

But when Damon Runyon like characters Sam Levene, Teddy Hart, and Allen Jenkins find out about his 'hobby' one night in the Hotel Lavalliere Bar, these three gibbronis decide to ride along on a winning thing. They kidnap the poor schlimiel, but treat him ever so gently and cater to his whims which aren't all that much. Along for the ride are Joan Blondell as Levene's girlfriend, Eddie Anderson as the hotel porter and elevator operator and Edgar Kennedy the bartender.

But there's more than that here. Frantically looking for McHugh who's disappeared is his wife, Carol Hughes and his boss Guy Kibbee. And also on the scene is McHugh's brother-in-law Paul Harvey who doesn't think much of him. Actually Harvey's blowhard character is my favorite in this film.

Amazingly enough it all kind of works out for McHugh in the end. But you have to see the film to find out. And I mean HAVE to see the film which is a real treat with some of the best character players ever on screen in the golden age of the studio system all in one film.

And no big stars to get in their way.

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