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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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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
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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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The Year's BIG Laugh, Music and Girl Show! See more »

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Comedy | Musical | Sport

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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

With a running time of one hour and 50 minutes, this is the longest of The Marx Brothers' theatrical films. 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

Flo: Oh doctor. Thank you.
Dr. Hackenbush: Thank "yu". Do you like gardenias?
Flo: I adore them. How did you know?
Dr. Hackenbush: I didn't, so I got you forget-me-nots. One whiff of this and you'll forget everything.
[Hackenbush hands her a wilted sunflower. He seats her and pushes in her chair at the table]
Flo: Thank you.
Dr. Hackenbush: Thank "yu".
Flo: [handing him her wrap] Do you mind?
Dr. Hackenbush: Not at all. I always take the wrap.
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Connections

Referenced in Freaks and Geeks: Tricks and Treats (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

All God's Chillun Got Rhythm
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Bronislau Kaper & Walter Jurmann
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Performed by Ivie Anderson, Harpo Marx and The Crinoline Choir
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Good Marx movie
2 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

Judy Standish (Maureen O'Sullivan) owns the failing Standish Sanitarium. Her rich most important patient Mrs. Upjohn (Margaret Dumont) is leaving. Judy's boyfriend Gil Stewart (Allan Jones) spends all his money to buy a horse and win big for her. She is dismayed that he abandons his singing. Tony (Chico Marx) overhears Upjohn's praise for Dr. Hackenbush (Groucho Marx) and sends for him who turns out to be a veterinarian. Banker J.D. Morgan (Douglas Dumbrille) is trying to buy out the sanitarium with the help of the scheming manager Whitmore (Leonard Ceeley). Gil gets Stuffy (Harpo Marx) to ride his horse Hi-Hat.

Groucho is as snappy as ever. Harpo's physical gags are hilarious. There are some fun long setups like the ice cream bit. When all three get together in the examination, it's a great skit. As always in their movies, there are old fashion musical numbers. Those are not my taste but it's expected. I personally like the musical segments where they inject comedy into them. There is even one with a big cast of black singers and dancers. There are some big laughs although the movie is a bit long.


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