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A Day at the Races (1937)

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A veterinarian posing as a doctor and a race-horse owner and his friends struggle to help keep a sanitarium open with the help of a misfit race-horse.

Director:

Sam Wood

Writers:

Robert Pirosh (screen play), George Seaton (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Groucho Marx ... Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush (as The Marx Brothers)
Chico Marx ... Tony (as The Marx Brothers)
Harpo Marx ... Stuffy (as The Marx Brothers)
Allan Jones ... Gil Stewart
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Judy Standish
Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Emily Upjohn
Leonard Ceeley Leonard Ceeley ... Whitmore
Douglass Dumbrille ... Morgan
Esther Muir ... Cokey 'Flo'
Sig Ruman ... Dr. Steinberg (as Sig Rumann)
Robert Middlemass ... Sheriff
Vivien Fay ... Dancer
Ivie Anderson Ivie Anderson ... Vocalist
The Crinoline Choir The Crinoline Choir ... Vocal Ensemble
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Storyline

Doctor Hugo Hackenbush, Tony, and Stuffy try and save Judy's sanitarium by winning a big race with her boyfriend's horse. There are a few problems. Hackenbush runs a high-priced clinic for the wealthy who don't know he has his degree in veterinary medicine. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

The Year's BIG Laugh, Music and Girl Show! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

11 June 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un día en las carreras See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White | Black and White (Sepiatone)| Black and White (blue tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was initially telecast in Norfolk VA Friday 22 March 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), followed by Chicago 13 April 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Seattle 17 April 1957 on KING (Channel 5), by Tucson 10 May 1957 on KVOA (Channel 4), by Minneapolis 27 June 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), by Los Angeles 5 July 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), by Philadelphia 16 August 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Honolulu 14 September 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), and by Altoona PA 15 September 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10) ; it first aired in New York City 9 July 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in San Francisco 5 August 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

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During the water festival, Gil's singing is often unsynchronised with his lip movements. See more »

Quotes

Flo: Oh, eh, how about a little scotch?
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Flo: Thank yo.
Dr. Hackenbush: Thank yo.
[Picks up the phone]
Dr. Hackenbush: Will you have the bellhop hop up with some hop scotch.
[Hangs up phone]
Dr. Hackenbush: I'll flip you to see who pays for it.
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Alternate Versions

The version previously aired on Turner Classic Movies featured the original blue-tinting of the image during the "Water Ballet" number. This scene is presented in black and white on previous VHS versions, and on the current DVD. The new DVD master has replaced TCM's old broadcast master, thus, when the film is now broadcast, the scene is in black and white. See more »

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Down by the Old Mill Stream
(1908) (uncredited)
Written by Tell Taylor
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Longest Of The Marx Brothers Features
8 April 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Well, here's one more zany uniquely-Marx Brothers film, one noted for being the longest feature movie they made at 111 minutes.

Even with the longer running time, it's still not the story but all the gags and musical talent of the Marx Brothers that is on parade here and is the selling point of the film. That was normal procedure for them. In this edition, the gag scenes were longer and the amount of music was much greater.

The major skits involve a race track tout (Chico conning Groucho) , a physical exam (Margaret Dumont, who else?), a delay of the big horse race and a bunch of other crazy skits. Some are good, some go on too long.

Maureen O'Sullivan, of Tarzan fame among other films, gives the film some beauty and Dumont is treated with more respect here than in the other Marx Brothers films. Groucho takes it easy on her because her character has the money that will save the day, so to speak.

This MB film has a ton of music, from Chico on piano, to Harpo with harp and flute solos plus a flute number with a group of black folks. Then there is Allan Jones crooning away to O'Sullivan with several ballads. Also, there are several group numbers featuring the aforementioned group of blacks . I liked their rousing gospel numbers best of all the music.

The ending of this movie reminded me of Horse Feathers, in which the most outrageous football game was ever filmed. Here, it was a horse race, unlike any you would ever see. It is so ridiculous, you just laugh out loud....and that's the idea of the movie.


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