My Brother Talks to Horses

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In later years, director Fred Zinneman seldom referred to My Brother Talks to Horses as one of his career highpoints. Even so, this leisurely period comedy has its moments, most of them delivered by precocious Jackie "Butch" Jenkins as the title character. Living with his family in Baltimore, 9-year-old Lewie Penrose (Jenkins) claims that he can converse with horses-and also pick the winners of upcoming races. When it appears as though Lewie is telling the truth, he attracts the interest of gambler Rich Roeder (Charles Ruggles), who needs a "sure thing" in the upcoming Preakness. Meanwhile, Lewie's older brother John (Peter Lawford) carries on a romance with the lovely Martha (Beverly Tyler). An unexpected tragedy slows down the film in the home stretch, but otherwise My Brother Talks to Horses is a pleasant second-echelon MGM production.

Cast

Peter Lawford
as John S. Penrose
Edward Arnold
as Mr. Bledsoe
Charlie Ruggles
as Richard Pennington Roeder
Spring Byington
as Mrs. Penrose
O.Z. Whitehead
as Mr. Puddy
Paul Langton
as Mr. Gillespie
Ernest Whitman
as Mr. Mordecai
Irving Bacon
as Mr. Piper
Howard Freeman
as Hector Damson
Harry Hayden
as Mr. Gibley
Butch Jenkins
as Lewis Penrose
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