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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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Dr. Hugo Z. 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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Leonard Ceeley ...
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Morgan
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Dr. Steinberg (as Sig Rumann)
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Sheriff
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Ivie Anderson ...
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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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11 June 1937 (USA)  »

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Un día en las carreras  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Al Boasberg, the man most responsible for shaping the early comic persona of Jack Benny, was initially given top billing among the film's writers. In what was to become one of the first major disputes over film writing credit, Boasberg (primarily a gag man) sought sole credit for the comedic scenes, leaving credit for the screenplay itself to Robert Pirosh and George Seaton. MGM bitterly fought this and punished Boasberg by listing him under the others. A furious Boasberg had his name removed from the film completely. See more »

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Whitmore: [Speaking on the phone, believes he is talking to the Florida Medical Board, but, it is really Dr. Hackenbush, pretending to be Medical Board Records Department Manager, Colonel Hawkings] I want to know about Doctor Hackenbush.
[Hackenbush, in an adjacent office, buzzes the dictograph. Whitmore goes to answer it]
Whitmore: Yes?
Dr. Hackenbush: Whitmore, you'll have to cut out that squawking. The patients are all complaining.
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Dr. Hackenbush: And, eh, I hope, sir...
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Soundtracks

On Blue Venetian Waters
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Music by Bronislau Kaper & Walter Jurmann
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Allan Jones
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Longest Of The Marx Brothers Features
8 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Well, here's one more zany uniquely-Marx Brothers film, one noted for being the longest feature movie they made at 111 minutes.

Even with the longer running time, it's still not the story but all the gags and musical talent of the Marx Brothers that is on parade here and is the selling point of the film. That was normal procedure for them. In this edition, the gag scenes were longer and the amount of music was much greater.

The major skits involve a race track tout (Chico conning Groucho) , a physical exam (Margaret Dumont, who else?), a delay of the big horse race and a bunch of other crazy skits. Some are good, some go on too long.

Maureen O'Sullivan, of Tarzan fame among other films, gives the film some beauty and Dumont is treated with more respect here than in the other Marx Brothers films. Groucho takes it easy on her because her character has the money that will save the day, so to speak.

This MB film has a ton of music, from Chico on piano, to Harpo with harp and flute solos plus a flute number with a group of black folks. Then there is Allan Jones crooning away to O'Sullivan with several ballads. Also, there are several group numbers featuring the aforementioned group of blacks . I liked their rousing gospel numbers best of all the music.

The ending of this movie reminded me of Horse Feathers, in which the most outrageous football game was ever filmed. Here, it was a horse race, unlike any you would ever see. It is so ridiculous, you just laugh out loud....and that's the idea of the movie.


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