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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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(as Marx Brothers)
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Dr. Hackenbush (as Groucho)
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Tony (as Chico)
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Stuffy (as Harpo)
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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
Ivie Anderson
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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

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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

Irving Thalberg protested the scene in which Harpo Marx frantically mimes to Chico Marx that Hackenbush (Groucho Marx) is in danger. It changed Harpo, said Thalberg, from a character who DIDN'T talk into a character who COULDN'T talk. Thalberg, who didn't live to see the completed film, was overruled, and similar gags were used in the later The Marx Brothers pictures A Night in Casablanca (1946) and Love Happy (1949). 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

Tony: She's in with Whitmore. She's trying to frame you.
Flo: Why, I've never been so insulted in my life!
[Hackenbush looks at his watch]
Dr. Hackenbush: Well, it's early yet.
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La Cucaracha
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Traditional
Danced by Groucho Marx with Esther Muir
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An Underrated Classic
14 June 2002 | by (Wherever, Idaho) – See all my reviews

Though I'll admit it is not on par with the great A Night at the Opera, it is close enough to be considered one of the better comedies of alltime. The same comedic formula that worked so well in the previously mentioned film is applied in A Day at the Races. They even had the same director. Sometimes I wish the Marx Brothers would get more credit than they have received, especially in comparison to the ridiculously stupid 3 Stooges. In any event, Grouch Marx will always be one of my heroes.


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