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A Day at the Races (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Sport | 11 June 1937 (USA)
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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

Complete credited 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
Vivien Fay ...
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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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America's Joy-Friends are back again in the grandest entertainment gallop of 1937! More howls, more girls, more song hits than "A Night At The Opera"! Oh boy! See more »

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Comedy | Musical | Sport

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Passed | See all certifications »
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11 June 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En dag på kapplöpningarna  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Glenn Mitchell's commentary on the Warner Home Video DVD states that the band backing Ivie Anderson's rendition of "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm" was drawn from the Duke Ellington Orchestra, for whom Anderson was a vocalist at the time. See more »

Goofs

During the water festival, Gil's singing is often unsynchronised with his lip movements. See more »

Quotes

Flo: I want to be near you. I want you to hold me. Oh! Hold me closer! Closer! Closer!
Dr. Hackenbush: If I hold you any closer, I'll be in back of you!
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Referenced in Some More of Samoa (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

La Cucaracha
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Danced by Groucho Marx with Esther Muir
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30 October 1999 | by (Oxford, England) – See all my reviews

Having picked them up after their Paramount period, MGM seems to have decided it didn't trust the Marx Brothers. Just as with most modern studio products there's a feeling of a package designed by committee, in which everyone is guaranteed to dislike something. Did MGM execs seriously think people who didn't find the Marxes funny would come along to see the production numbers?

It's a movie of loosely strung-together set-pieces (of course), and one wants to watch individual scenes rather than sit through the whole show. Groucho's mastery of verbal and physical comedy remains immensely compelling and Harpo is an excellent clown, but the plot is rather tiresome as well as being (of course) total nonsense, and the male romantic lead (Allan Jones) is a prize bore to end all prize bores. There's a surplus of production values at the expense of pace, and the musical sections seem to have wandered in from several other films, none of them awfully good.

MGM simply hedged too many bets, and it's already clear the formula hasn't much of a future. One has to treasure this film for enshrining some iconic comedy routines, but it feels less like a shrine than a sarcophagus.


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