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Money From Home

Money From Home

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Money From Home  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!

Money from Home is the best Martin & Lewis comedy I’ve seen yet

Money From Home  Just watched this first color Martin & Lewis feature on YouTube. In this one, they’re running afoul of some gangsters as they get involved with a certain horse those hoods don’t want to win. The owner of that horse is a woman named Phyllis Leigh (Marjie Millar) who’s in some financial trouble. Dean, of course, romances her. Jerry, who’s sort of an animal lover, ends up falling for a female veterinarian named Dr. Autumn Claypool (Pat Crowley). Among the bad guys I alluded to are Jumbo Schneider (Sheldon Leonard) and one of his henchmen played by Richard Strauss in his third go-around in an M & L movie. Leonard, by the way, is another of the players from my favorite movie-It’s a Wonderful Life-that has appeared with the boys during this period. He was also a recurring player from both the radio and television versions of “The Jack Benny Program” as was Frank Nelson who’s the voice of an instructor on the radio who gives directions that causes Jerry into hilarious positions. Another familiar player to me that I enjoyed seeing was Richard Haydn, who I remember as Finchley in a “Twilight Zone” ep, as Edwin Carp on “The Dick Van Dyke Show”, and as Max Detweiler in The Sound of Music, here playing the supposed jockey Bertie Searles. One more player I want to acknowledge is Bobby Barber, a court jester on Abbott & Costello sets who often made cameos in their pictures and TV shows, who also makes one here as a bald man in a restroom. In summary, this was the most hilarious of the M & L features I’ve seen yet and both Ms. Millar and Ms. Crowley made very appealing leading ladies for Dean and Jerry, respectively. If there were any creative flaws, I certainly didn’t notice them so on that note, I highly recommend Money from Home.

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