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Money from Home (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 31 December 1953 (USA)
Herman owes a lot of gambling debts. To pay them off, he promises the mob he'll fix a horse, so that it does not run. He intends to trick his animal-loving cousin, Virgil, an apprentice ... See full summary »

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Hal Kanter (screenplay), James B. Allardice (adaptation) (as James Allardice) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dean Martin ... Herman 'Honey Talk' Nelson
Jerry Lewis ... Virgil Yokum
Marjie Millar Marjie Millar ... Phyllis Leigh
Pat Crowley ... Dr. Autumn Claypool
Richard Haydn ... Bertie Searles
Robert Strauss ... Seldom Seen Kid
Gerald Mohr ... Marshall Preston
Sheldon Leonard ... Jumbo Schneider
Romo Vincent ... The Poojah
Jack Kruschen ... Short Boy
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Storyline

Herman owes a lot of gambling debts. To pay them off, he promises the mob he'll fix a horse, so that it does not run. He intends to trick his animal-loving cousin, Virgil, an apprentice veterinarian, into helping him. Of course, he doesn't tell Virgil what he is really up to. Mistaken identities are assumed, while along the way, Virgil meets a female vet and Herman falls for the owner of the horse. Goons and mobsters are also lurking around; so beware! Written by erasmus

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der tollkühne Jockey See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Apparently when filmed in early 1953 the aspect ratio was intended as 1.37. Then there is evidence, in a dvdtalk.com review, that it was released as a "Panoramic Screen" film in 1.66:1 format. 1953 was the year that widescreen started, and 1.66 was the basic shape of Paramount's VistaVision. See more »

Goofs

Even though the story is supposedly taking place in the early 1930s, before the repeal of prohibition (1933), all the automobiles are of the late 1930s/early 1940s variety. All the women's hair styles and fashions are from 1953. See more »

Quotes

Virgil: They tell me when you ride you ride as if you were a part of the horse. Would that be a compliment, Sir?
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Connections

Referenced in Martin and Lewis (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Be Careful Song
Music by Joseph J. Lilley
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Sung by Jerry Lewis
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Where are the laughs?
1 December 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is an odd Martin & Lewis film because while it's pleasant enough viewing, it really didn't seem like a comedy. After all, isn't a comedy supposed to have some laughs? Well, this one didn't and sure could have used an infusion of humor. Now this is not to say it's a terrible film, but inserting a gimmicky 'funny' race at the end just was too little too late for the humor department.

The film begins with Dean playing his usual sort of role--a heal. He is in debt to gamblers who are ready to beat him senseless (or worse) but decide to give him one more chance. If he agrees to fix an upcoming horse race, they'll not beat him half to death! So, having little choice, he decides to enlist the help of his spastic cousin (Jerry). However, Jerry really is just a nice animal lover and wants nothing to do with Dean's dirty tricks. Why Jerry eventually agrees to help him seemed a bit confusing, but help him he did. Along the way, both meet pretty ladies and fall in love. Eventually, Jerry poses (badly) as an English rider--but near the end of the film, the mob and Dean's new girlfriend learn of this and the two guys will be lucky to get out of this alive.

The film is pleasant but not funny. Compared to most of their films, it's a bit flat...but at least it's in nice color! Not terrible...just one of their better films.


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