The Day the Bookies Wept (1939)





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Zany radio comedian Joe Penner delivers one of his best (and most believable) screen performances in the Runyonesque comedy The Day the Bookies Wept. Penner stars as Ernest, the trainer of a broken-down racehorse named Hiccup. It seems that the nag turns into a potential champion whenever he's promised a bucketful of beer. Poor Ernest remains ignorant of this, but Hiccup manages to locate enough brewski on his own to win the inevitable Big Race. Betty Grable, still a year or so away from full stardom, is an appealing heroine in this likeable contrivance.
Action & Adventure , Comedy
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RKO Pictures


Jack Arnold
as Harry
Betty Grable
as Ina Firpo
Lloyd Ingraham
as Racetrack Patron
Tom Kennedy
as Pinky Brophy
Richard Lane
as Ramsey Firpo
Joe Penner
as Ernest 'Ernie' Ambrose
Thurston Hall
as Col. March
Carol Hughes
as Patsy March
Paul E. Burns
as Racetrack Taxi Patron
Eddie Dunn
as Racetrack Detective (uncredited)
William Newell
as Maxie T. Bookmaker
Earl Hodgins
as Auctioneer
Vinton Haworth
as Taxi Custodian
Carolyn Hughes
as Patsy March
Teddy Mangean
as Hiccup's Jockey
Prince Alert
as The Horse
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