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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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Three Great Laff Stars ! . . . more gags and gals . . . more songs and dances ! See more »

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Comedy | Musical | Sport

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Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Trivia

Groucho Marx's character was initially to have been named Dr. Quackenbush, which he and everyone else thought was too silly a name to offend anyone. However, MGM's legal department discovered at least a dozen legitimate U.S. doctors named Quackenbush, so for legal reasons the name was changed to Hackenbush. Although initially dismayed by the name change, Groucho later came to like it. He cited "Dr. Hackenbush" as his favorite character from his films, and even occasionally signed letters to friends using that name. 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

Dr. Hackenbush: I haven't seen so much mudslinging since the last election!
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Connections

Referenced in Remington Steele: Steele Your Heart Away (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

On the Beach at Bali-Bali
(1935) (uncredited)
Written by Al Sherman, Abner Silver and Jack Meskill
Played by Chico Marx on piano at the water carnival
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A Day at the Races
12 June 1999 | by (Marietta, OH) – See all my reviews

Superb comedy that puts our heroes in a sanitorium to help out owner O'Sullivan and an ailing Dumont. Groucho is the doctor brought in to help things along and it equals hilarious results. He and Chico share a wonderful sequence at the racetrack with Chico, in need of quick cash, looking for a sucker to con...Groucho just happened to walk by. The telephone scene between Groucho (as numerous voices) and Leonard Ceeley is also priceless. Allan Jones appears as O'Sullivan's love interest and even sings a bit. A bit too much for me, but he still sings lovely. The long dance numbers are uninspired and lose the comic flavor after a few minutes. We get it back in the wooing scene between Groucho and beautiful Esther Muir and in the rollicking good finale. The film, under Wood's direction, is well paced, with exception to the barnyard musical numbers. They drag it down for a bit. A comedy classic nonetheless.


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