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Straight Place and Show (1938)

Approved | | Comedy | 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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Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Al Ritz, Harry Ritz, Jimmy Ritz
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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 ...
Referee
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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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Damon Runyon's Straight Place and Show  »

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

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Hi De Ho
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Written by Cab Calloway, Clarence Gaskill, Irving Mills, Harry White,
Lewis Sharpe and Tony Moran
Performed by The Ritz Brothers with special lyrics
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Ritz Brothers and Ethel Merman worthwhile despite poor script/direction/editing
3 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Straight, Place & Show was not one of the Ritz's better films for 20th Century Fox. Those were Life Begins in College, Kentucky Moonshine, Three Musketeers, as well as their outings with Alice Faye: On the Avenue and You Can't Have Everything. But Straight, Place & Show was acceptable despite the woefully low budget. The film editor and the director seem not to have talked to each other; the film looks choppy. The screenplay was adapted from a play written by Dmon Runyon (think Guys & Dolls) and Irving Caesar, but the only Runyonesque characters we meet are characters played by Sid Fields, Stanley Fields and Ben Weldon. Wiile Best is wasted.Even the Ritzes are cut down to two specialty numbers. But they do their best, as does Ethel Merman in crystalline voice. Phyllis Brooks tries to put life into her role. If it were not for the Ritz Brothers and Merman, I'd say pass on this film. But because of La Merman and Al, Jimmy & Harry Ritz, it is worth a look and will provide some chuckles. Yeah, yeah. You either love'em or hate 'em. But to call the Ritz Brothers untalented, as a previous reviewer did, is ridiculous. They were expert precision dancers and could sing as well as do physical and verbal comedy. By the 1940s many budding comedians (Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Mel Brooks)were heavily influenced by the Ritz Brothers' zaniness.


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