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A Day at the Races (1937)

Passed  -  Comedy | 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
Esther Muir ...
'Flo'
Sig Ruman ...
Dr. Steinberg (as Sig Rumann)
Robert Middlemass ...
Sheriff
Vivien Fay ...
Dancer
Ivie Anderson ...
Vocalist
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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

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Release Date:

11 June 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En dag på kapplöpningarna  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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| (Sepiatone)| (blue tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The "Grand Steeplechase" sequence at the end had to be shot twice. Both times a crew member persuaded Chico Marx to gamble on it and not only to bet on the outcome of a rigged non-race, but to bet on a horse other than the one scripted to win. Chico, all his life an avid gambler, could offer as excuse only, "The odds were 20 to one." See more »

Goofs

When Stuffy gets on the horse with the wagon, he is wearing a coat and dark trousers. As jockey he wears white pants and jockey shirt. While he could have lost the coat easy enough, there was no opportunity for him to change pants. See more »

Quotes

Judy: If you'll excuse me, I'll go and bring in the rest of the staff.
Dr. Hackenbush: [to Whitmore] Why don't you go out and bring in something. Preferably your resignation.
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Soundtracks

Prelude in C-Sharp Minor
(1892) (uncredited)
Music by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Played by Harpo Marx on the piano before it disintegrates
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The Last Great Marx Brothers Movie
25 January 2005 | by (Manassas, Va) – See all my reviews

After this one, the quality fell off...dramatically.

This one has everything but Zeppo. Groucho and Chico work together like a well oiled insane asylum. The ice cream bit still makes me laugh and I've seen it upwards of twenty times. The timing is incredible. The examination room bit with Harpo ("Either this man is dead or my watch has stopped") is equally tight. There isn't a slow moment in the film.

What is unusual in this film is the big musical number with the African-American race track employees. Instead of people in black face or grotesque caricatures, real black singers and dancers are featured. Imagine seeing the Jitterbug fifteen years before white teens were performing it. It is not the only time the Marx Brothers have featured black musicians in one of their movies (At the Circus comes to mind)...

Margaret Dumont as Mrs Upjohn is wonderful. A Marx Brothers fan, like myself, tends to fall in love with the woman after many years. Her beauty and naivety eventually charm even the most cynical Grouchophile...

See it!


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