It Ain't Hay (1943)

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Adaptation of the Damon Runyon story 'Princess O'Hara', in which the horse of a street vendor is replaced by a racehorse.


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  • Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in It Ain't Hay (1943)
  • Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in It Ain't Hay (1943)
  • Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Grace McDonald, and Eugene Pallette in It Ain't Hay (1943)
  • Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, and Eugene Pallette in It Ain't Hay (1943)
  • Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Grace McDonald, Leighton Noble, and Eugene Pallette in It Ain't Hay (1943)

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15 June 2017 | utgard14
5
| Passable A&C comedy
Abbott & Costello meet Damon Runyon in this adaptation of his story, "Princess O'Hara." This is the second film version of that story, the first (and best) being the 1935 Chester Morris film. In what has to be one of the darkest beginnings to a comedy story ever, Lou accidentally kills a girl's horse. Feeling bad about it (you would hope so!), Lou and Bud try to find another horse to replace the dead one.

This is definitely more Abbott & Costello than Runyon. Pretty much every scene involves the boys setting up (frankly obvious) routines, trying to score a "Who's on first?" but coming up with a "What was that?" Still, it's pleasant and sometimes pretty funny. Good cast backing up the boys includes Cecil Kellaway, Samuel Hinds, Patsy O'Connor, Shemp Howard, and Eddie Quillan. The obligatory banal lovebirds for the romantic subplot are Leighton Noble and Grace McDonald. The movie's scene stealer is Eugene Palette. The best parts of the movie are the jokes that break the fourth wall, like when Shemp Howard is asked why he's holding an umbrella and says "Who knows? I'm a Damon Runyon character." or Lou's joke about Universal.

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