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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:
Good Marx movie See more (71 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

Chico Marx ... Tony (as The Marx Brothers)

Harpo Marx ... Stuffy (as The Marx Brothers)

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 ... Dancer
Ivie Anderson ... Vocalist
The Crinoline Choir ... Vocal Ensemble
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 (uncredited)
Lennie Bluett ... Black Singer (uncredited)
The Plantation Boys ... Performers (uncredited)

Chet Brandenburg ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Troy Brown Sr. ... Black Singer (uncredited)
Sheila Brown ... Child (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 Kenney ... 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)
Whitey's Lindy Hoppers ... Dancers (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)
Alexander Schoenberg ... Musician in orchestra (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)

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)
Carey Wilson  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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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 | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #3231) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

Trivia:
MGM executive Irving Thalberg died within two weeks of the start of filming. He was instrumental in bringing The Marx Brothers back to greatness with A Night at the Opera (1935) and was the brothers' main supporter at MGM. Groucho Marx claimed that he lost interest in films after Thalberg's death.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: During the water festival, Gil's singing is often unsynchronised with his lip movements.See more »
Quotes:
[Stuffy has grabbed some poison to drink]
Dr. Hackenbush:Hey, don't drink that poison! That's $4.00 an ounce!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in On Your Marx, Get Set, Go! (2004) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Prelude in C-Sharp MinorSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Good Marx movie, 2 January 2015
Author: SnoopyStyle

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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