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A Day at the Races (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Sport | 11 June 1937 (USA)
A veterinarian posing as a doctor, a race-horse owner and his friends struggle to help keep a sanitarium open with the help of a misfit race-horse.

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Cast

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Dr. Hackenbush (as The Marx Brothers)
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Tony (as The Marx Brothers)
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Stuffy (as The Marx Brothers)
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Gil
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Judy
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Mrs. Upjohn
Leonard Ceeley ...
Whitmore
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Morgan
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'Flo'
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Dr. Steinberg (as Sig Rumann)
Robert Middlemass ...
Sheriff
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Ivie Anderson ...
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The Crinoline Choir ...
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Storyline

Doctor Hugo Hackenbush, Tony, and Stuffy try and save Judy's farm by winning a big race with her horse. There are a few problems. Hackenbush runs a high priced clinic for the wealthy who don't know he has his degree in Veterinary Medicine. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The Year's BIG Laugh, Music and Girl Show! See more »

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Comedy | Musical | Sport

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Release Date:

11 June 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En dag på kapplöpningarna  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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| (Sepiatone)| (blue tinted)

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1.37 : 1
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Quotes

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Soundtracks

Tomorrow Is Another Day
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Bronislau Kaper & Walter Jurmann
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Allan Jones
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Good Marx Brothers Feature
11 October 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Overall, this is a good Marx Brothers feature that is sometimes a little uneven, but that looks pretty good as long as you don't compare it with their very best pictures. The basic setup is amusing, and it provides some good material for the cast to work with. Groucho, Chico, and Harpo all get their moments, with Margaret Dumont once again joining in the fun.

The sanitarium setting and Groucho's attempt to run it are used pretty well.

There is a very funny scene when one of the heavies tries to check on Groucho's credentials, and another one when Dr. Hackenbush has to compete with an outside expert (Sig Ruman, who is always fun in this kind of role) for Dumont's confidence.

Not all of it works quite that well, and one or two of the musical numbers could have been skipped with no loss at all. But there are plenty of good moments and creative sequences, and a satisfyingly chaotic finale as good as those in any of their films.


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