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Playing the Ponies

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Director  Charles Lamont
Film series  Three Stooges Films
Duration  
Language  English
7.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Short
Producer  Jules White
Country  United States
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Release date  October 15, 1937 (1937-10-15)
Writer  Irv Frisch (story), Al Giebler (screenplay), Will Harr (story), Charlie Melson (screenplay), Elwood Ullman (screenplay)
Genres  Short Film, Comedy, Black-and-white
Cast  Curly Howard, Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Billy Bletcher, Lew Davis
Similar movies  Pacific Rim, Paperman, Feast, Trap Happy, Mickey and the Seal, Society Dog Show

Playing the Ponies is the 26th short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1937 starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard). The comedians released 190 short films for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

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Plot

The Stooges operate a failing restaurant and are plenty sick of it. Two men (Nick Copeland, Lew Davis) walk in and order food as they look over a racing form. One man laments the state in which his horse, Thunderbolt, is in, claiming that he is "all run out" and that he wants to dump him off on some unsuspecting sap. This works in his favor when Larry opens a newspaper and reads a story on a horse named Mad Cap who won a race worth $10,000 ($166,597 today). The Stooges then decide to sell their restaurant to Thunderbolt's owners and get into the horse racing industry.

Upon arriving at Thunderbolt's stable, Curly races the horse around the track. Curly misunderstands and runs alongside Thunderbolt, but he stops when Moe calls him over. Feeling hungry, Curly pulls out a handful of pepperino snacks that he swiped from the restaurant, thinking them to be salted peanuts. However, Thunderbolt eats them first and, with his mouth burning, literally "runs like lightning" towards the nearest water trough. Moe demands to know what Curly gave the horse, but he still believes them to be peanuts. To be sure, Moe eats a handful and suffers the same heated mouth as Thunderbolt and runs to the trough. Curly follows suit, and blazes to the trough as well. The Stooges quickly discover that the pepperinos caused Thunderbolt's sudden burst of speed and believe it to be their ace in the hole for future races. Larry laughs at the Stooges for this, in which Moe gives those pepperinos in his mouth, causing him to drink a bottle of kerosene by accident.

Once the race starts, Thunderbolt turns around and starts running in the opposite direction. Larry stops him and feeds him the hot peppers, but the effect is too much for Thunderbolt and he is too disoriented to run. Moe and Curly grab a bucket of water, hop on a parked motorcycle and drive alongside of Thunderbolt with the bucket hanging from a pole in front of the horse. Thunderbolt wins the race, and the Stooges enjoy the good life as they each eat their own turkey and Thunderbolt eats peanuts out of a large bowl in celebration.

References

Playing the Ponies Wikipedia
Playing the Ponies IMDb Playing the Ponies themoviedb.org