The March Hare (1956)

Article 2968 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 6-23-2009
Posting Date: 9-29-2009
Directed by George More O’Ferrall
Featuring Peggy Cummins, Terence Morgan, Martita Hunt
Country: UK

A horse is capable of winning the derby if its secret word is whispered to it at the time of the race.

The magic word that makes the horse win the race comes from the leprechauns, but don’t strain your eyes waiting for them to show up; the closest we see of them is a distant glimmer of light. It’s a fairly slight premise for a movie, but then, it’s a fairly slight movie all around. It may be a little too British for me, though; some of the accents are a bit difficult to make out, and though it tries its damnedest to be cute and charming, it ends up rather bland and uninvolving. Most of the laughs center around the eccentric groom who is the only one who knows the word, and only if he’s been drinking. Most of the rest of the movie is concerned with the budding romance of the two leads. All in all, it’s a dull bit of fluff.

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