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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Tyler
Barbara 'Babs' Drake
Mr. Drake
'Lucky' Braddock
Will Stanton ...
Syd Robins - Horse Truck Driver
Ivan Borokov - Russian Jockey
Vladimir Borokov - Russian Jockey
Rafael Storm ...
Boris Borokov - Russian Jockey
Slippery Sol
Tiny Roebuck ...
Terrible Turk
Edward Gargan ...
Detective Globe (as Ed Gargan)
Pat McKee ...


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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Release Date:

30 September 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Damon Runyon's Straight Place and Show  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Allen and Paul Hurst were listed in contemporary news items as cast members but they did not appear in the movie. See more »


Hi De Ho
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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Al, Harry and Jimmy
23 April 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

All comedy is a matter of individual taste, and the Ritz Brothers are no exception. They are the class cut ups, mugging and and crossing eyeballs, shouting and always on stage, minor variations on each other, as opposed to the Marx Brothers, who had clearly differentiated personalities -- except for Zeppo, who had none -- and actually had a intellectual side to them.

In any case, the question of whether you will like this movie depends on if you like the Ritz Brothers. Richard Arlen is present for standard leading-man action, and Ethel Merman to sing a few songs, but this movie is about the Ritz Brothers mugging it up over a racehorse. If you like them, go to it. If you dislike them, avoid it. If you don't know who they are, give it a try.

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