Hottentot (1922)

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Producer Thomas Ince brought the William Collier/Victor Mapes-penned stage farce to the screen for his light comedy star Douglas MacLean. A few changes were made -- in the play Sam Harrington was an adept horseman who shied away from the beasts after an accident. In the film, MacLean as Harrington has a horse phobia and is mistaken for a famous jockey -- this actually makes for more gags. Harrington is thought to be the horseman when he saves Peggy Fairfax (Madge Bellamy) from a runaway steed. She begs him to ride her horse, Bountiful, in a steeplechase, but after reluctantly agreeing, he tries to arrange it so that the horse can't run at all. Peggy is so disappointed at this turn of events that Harrington decides he must do something. His solution is to buy Hottentot, a completely uncontrollable horse, and enter it in the race. Somehow he manages to ride it to victory, but not without a lot of comic complications. This picture was remade in 1929 with Edward Everett Horton as Harrington.

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fear, horse, phobia