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Director:
Writers:
Robert Pirosh (screen play) &
George Seaton (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
11 June 1937 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Three Great Laff Stars ! . . . more gags and gals . . . more songs and dances ! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
hilarious; 9/10 See more (62 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

The Marx Brothers (as Marx Brothers)

Groucho Marx ... Dr. Hackenbush (as Groucho)

Chico Marx ... Tony (as Chico)

Harpo Marx ... Stuffy (as Harpo)

Allan Jones ... Gil

Maureen O'Sullivan ... Judy

Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Upjohn
Leonard Ceeley ... Whitmore

Douglass Dumbrille ... Morgan
Esther Muir ... 'Flo'
Sig Ruman ... Dr. Steinberg (as Sig Rumann)
Robert Middlemass ... Sheriff
Vivien Fay
Ivie Anderson
The Crinoline Choir
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hooper Atchley ... Race Judge (uncredited)
King Baggot ... Race Track Official Starter (uncredited)
Kenny Baker ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Vivian Barry ... Telephone Girl (uncredited)

Barbara Bedford ... Secretary (uncredited)
Vangie Beilby ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Edna Bennett ... Nurse (uncredited)
Edward Biby ... Racetrack Spectator with Wrong Hat (uncredited)
Lennie Bluett ... Black Singer (uncredited)
The Plantation Boys ... Performers (uncredited)
Troy Brown Sr. ... Black Singer (uncredited)
Jean Burt ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Ben Carter ... Black Singer (uncredited)
Ruth Cherrington ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Jacqueline Clancy ... Child (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Man Boarding Bus (uncredited)
DeForest Covan ... Black Singer (uncredited)
George Cowl ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Jack Daley ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)

Dorothy Dandridge ... Black Singer (uncredited)
Vivian Dandridge ... Black Singer (uncredited)

Frankie Darro ... Morgan's Jockey (uncredited)
Frank Dawson ... Doctor (uncredited)
Dudley Dickerson ... Wheelchair Attendant (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Billy Dooley ... Race Track Bugler (uncredited)
Edward Earle ... Race Judge (uncredited)
Aaron Edwards ... Plainclothesman (uncredited)

Richard Farnsworth ... Jockey (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Detective with Sheriff (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Ray Flynn ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
J.C. Fowler ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack George ... Musician (uncredited)
John Hiestand ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Policeman at Racetrack (uncredited)
Arthur Stuart Hull ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
John Hyams ... Judge (uncredited)
William Irving ... Man for Horn Business (uncredited)
Si Jenks ... Messenger (uncredited)
Jack W. Johnston ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Darby Jones ... Black Singer (uncredited)
Etta Jones ... Black Singer (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Edith Kingdon ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)

Carole Landis ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Harry Lash ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Alexander Leftwich ... Musician (uncredited)
Edward LeSaint ... Doctor (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Party Guest Who Calls the Sheriff (uncredited)
Max Lucke ... Doctor (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Race Judge (uncredited)
Mary MacLaren ... Nurse (uncredited)
Charles McAvoy ... Policeman Pursuing Hugo (uncredited)
Alex Melesh ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Norma Miller ... Black Singer (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Etta Moten ... Black Singer (uncredited)
Henry Mowbray ... Man for Hat Business (uncredited)
Lee Murray ... Judge (uncredited)
Field Norton ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack Norton ... Drunk (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Racetrack Guard (uncredited)
Cullen and Pauline ... Performers (uncredited)
Victor Potel ... Horn Blower (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
James Quinn ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Policeman Pursuing Hugo (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Gus Robinson ... Black Singer (uncredited)
Allen D. Sewall ... Policeman Pursuing Hugo (uncredited)
Four Hot Shots ... Black Performers (uncredited)
Phillips Smalley ... Racing Spectator with Wrong Hat (uncredited)
Carolynne Snowden ... Black Singer (uncredited)
Arthur Thalasso ... Policeman Pursuing Hugo (uncredited)
The Three Chocolateers ... Black Performers (uncredited)
Charles Trowbridge ... Dr. Wilmerding (uncredited)
Elizabeth Williams ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Detective with Sheriff (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Buck Woods ... Black Singer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sam Wood 
 
Writing credits
Robert Pirosh (screen play) &
George Seaton (screen play) and
George Oppenheimer (screen play)

Robert Pirosh (original story) and
George Seaton (original story)

Al Boasberg  original story (uncredited)
Al Boasberg  screen play (uncredited)
Leon Gordon  original story (uncredited)
Leon Gordon  screen play (uncredited)
George S. Kaufman  screen play (uncredited)

Produced by
Max Siegel .... associate producer
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
Lawrence Weingarten .... producer (uncredited)
Sam Wood .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Ruttenberg (photographed by)
Leonard Smith (photographed by) (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Frank E. Hull (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert A. Golden .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Stan Rogers .... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Stunts
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ted Wurtenberg .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Ben Carter .... casting: black sequence (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dolly Tree .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Leo Arnaud .... choral arrangements
Leo Arnaud .... orchestral arrangements
George Bassman .... orchestrator
Roger Edens .... musical arrangements
Walter Jurmann .... music by
Gus Kahn .... lyrics by
Bronislau Kaper .... music by
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator
Merrill Pye .... musical presentation
Franz Waxman .... musical director
Wayne Allen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Bassman .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Roger Edens .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Dave Gould .... musical numbers staged by
Reginald Le Borg .... director: musical scenes (uncredited)
Carl 'Major' Roup .... script clerk (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
111 min | Germany:105 min
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Language:
Color:
Black and White | Black and White (Sepiatone) | Black and White (blue tinted)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | Portugal:M/6 | Sweden:Btl | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #3231) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The then unknown British actress Greer Garson was offered the female role, but she declined, explaining she didn't settle for less than a leading role.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Tony starts playing, the piano clearly shows "Steinway and Sons." In later shots the logo is missing.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Hackenbush:[to Dr. Steinberg] Don't point that beard at me! It might go off!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Tomorrow Is Another DaySee more »

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23 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
hilarious; 9/10, 25 June 2001
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

I haven't seen enough of the Marx Brothers' films to say which is their best and which is their worst. I have seen Duck Soup, which I would say has to be at least one of their best, seeing that I believe it to be one of the funniest comedies ever. I have also seen A Night at the Opera, which is also often considered one of their best, often the best. I myself found it much less funny than Duck Soup. I wanted to kill myself during the musical numbers of that film.

Now I've seen A Day at the Races, the Brothers' follow up to A Night at the Opera, a smash hit in theaters. Generally, Races is considered a weak follow-up to a great film. I disagree. I liked A Day at the Races much more than A Night at the Opera (but a bit less than Duck Soup). All three Brothers are firing bullseye after bullseye. Harpo could stand to do a little bit more. He may have had the funniest role in Duck Soup. He was an utter maniac with total disregard for human life. When the Marx Brothers left Paramount for MGM, their edge was dulled down a bit. Oh well, Races still succeeds.

Also, except for the boring opera voice, even the musical numbers work here. I love to watch Chico play the piano. That's hilarious. Harpo's harp number is less good, but still not bad. The ballet sequence is also quite good. There's one more musical number that's just fantastic: the poor black folk singing "Who's that man?" as Harpo runs around playing the flute. It's somewhat shocking to see a scene like this. It does not exploit them (it may seem to now, but it was probably quite inclusive and progressive in its day), and it's a smash.

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