Abbott and Costello It Ain t Hay (1943)1:20:02

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Published on June 27, 2016

Wilbur Hoolihan (Lou Costello) accidentally kills a hack horse owned by King O’Hara (Cecil Kellaway) and his daughter, Princess (Patsy O’Connor) by feeding it candy. In hopes of raising enough money to replace it, he and his friend Grover Mockridge (Bud Abbott) visit a gambling parlor. They are successful in raising the money, but before they can purchase a new horse, a con man swindles Wilbur out of his cash. They are informed by some touts that an old horse is available for nothing at one of the tracks. They visit the track and mistakenly take the wrong horse, a champion by the name of Tea Biscuit. They present the horse to O’Hara as a replacement for his deceased horse.

The horse’s real owner, Col. Brainard (Samuel Hinds), offers a reward for Tea Biscuit. By this time O’Hara has taken a fare up to Saratoga. Wilbur and Grover, realizing their error, drive to Saratoga. The three touts also realize that Wilbur and Grover took Tea Biscuit, and trail them hoping to recover the horse and collect the reward. Wilbur and Grover manage to find O’Hara and hide Tea Biscuit in their hotel room, but they are hounded by the house detective, Warner (Eugene Pallette), who was tipped off by the touts. Wilbur and Grover head to the race track in time for a big race. Grover makes a deal with Warner: for $100 he will give him the horse Wilbur rides. Grover then uses that money to bet on Tea Biscuit. Before the race, Wilbur is thrown off Tea Biscuit and lands on Rhubarb. Tea Biscuit, with a real jockey aboard, wins the race. Wilbur ridew Rhubarb and loses. Warner and the touts take Wilbur’s horse, which they believe is Tea Biscuit, to Col. Brainard for the reward, but it is the wrong horse. Grover holds the only winning ticket on Tea Biscuit, and uses their winnings to buy O’Hara a real replacement horse.

There is a scene that breaks the fourth wall: Wilbur and Grover are in their apartment when someone knocks at the door. Grover says, “Go answer the door, it might be Warner.” Wilbur answers, “It won’t do no good, we’re signed up with Universal.” Abbott and Costello had a long-term contract with Universal Pictures at the time.

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