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Straight Place and Show (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 30 September 1938 (USA)
The Ritz Brothers go to the race track. They raise training end entrance money in a wrestling match and help a young man train the horse of his fiancée.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Linda Tyler
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Barbara 'Babs' Drake
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Mr. Drake
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'Lucky' Braddock
Will Stanton ...
Syd Robins - Horse Truck Driver
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Ivan Borokov - Russian Jockey
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Vladimir Borokov - Russian Jockey
Rafael Storm ...
Boris Borokov - Russian Jockey
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Slippery Sol
Tiny Roebuck ...
Terrible Turk
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Promoter
Edward Gargan ...
Detective Globe (as Ed Gargan)
Pat McKee ...
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According to the scribes at a big movie studio with Fox in its logo, it is the big season at the track. While some of the boys are not doing so well it is rumored that the Ritz brothers are to make a big killing on a hay-burner named "Playboy,". Now it is also rumored that the nag is owned by Barbara Drake. It is further mused around that she has a rich father who goes by the moniker of Mr. Drake. However, he is otherwise known to all and sundry as 'The Grump' as he is always ready to share his disposition with any unlucky citizen that may wander by. Barbara is sweet on a guy named Denny who is an all-around good citizen, who also likes Barbara in return. Barbara is jealous of a torch singer named Linda. Denny does not care to run in competition with any hay-burner and makes it plain that he has no intentions to share his girl's ever-loving affection with "Playboy." Denny wagers Barbara that her horse will not win a race in three months. If he does Denny will build him a stable right ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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30 September 1938 (USA)  »

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Damon Runyon's Straight Place and Show  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play by Damon Runyon and Irving Caesar was based on an earlier short story, "That Ever Loving Wife of Mine", which appeared in Hearst's International-Cosmopolitan in 1931. The play was never produced. See more »

Soundtracks

The Blue Danube Waltz, Opus 314
(1867) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
In the score while performed by The Ritz Brothers with bells
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The Odious Ritz Brothers
5 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Possibly the least talented "act" ever seen, The Ritz Brother infested many a 30s film. Here they star in an unfunny comedy as dopes who are given a race horse. Richard Arlen and Ethel Merman are trapped in this stupid comedy as are Phyllis Brooks, Ben Weldon, Sidney Fields, Willie Best, George Barbier, and Sidney Blackmer.

Ethel Merman looks great but sings two sub-par songs; Richard Arlen looks fat, and no one else cause of ripple of interest. The Ritz Brothers make the Three Stooges look like Olivier, Gielgud, and Richardson!

An oddity is that Ivan Lebedev, Raphael Storm, and Gregory Gaye appear as 3 Russian jockeys.... the three also appeared together as princes/suitors to Constance Bennett in Merrily We Live that same year. What was THAT about?


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