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.
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Did You Know?
The original play opened on Broadway in New York City at the Playhouse Theater on 30 January 1935 and closed on 9 January 1937 after 835 performances. Teddy Hart
and Sam Levene
originated their movie roles in the play, and the cast also included Shirley Booth
as Mabel, and Millard Mitchell
as Charlie. The popular play had Broadway revivals in 1942, 1970 and 1993. 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
You want to see it? You want to see it?
Well, eh, yes.
Say, I'd do anything for you. Cause I'm just *crazy* about poetry! That's why. I got to get limbered up, though. Now, here we go.
Version of Three Men on a Horse
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Played during the opening credits and at the end See more