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
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More laughs than a campaign speech! More excitement than a victory dance! More romance than a co-ed School! Three wise guys of mirth...in a good-time musicomedy...full of swing-time music...and big-time talent! (Print Ad-Newberry Observer, ((Newberry SC)) 29 June 1937) See more »
The then unknown British actress Greer Garson was offered the female role, but she declined, explaining she didn't settle for less than a leading role. See more »
When Tony starts playing, the piano clearly shows "Steinway and Sons." In later shots the logo is missing. See more »
[Dr. Hackenbush is pointing to a portrait of one of Judy's parents]
You know, I proposed to your mother once.
But that's my father!
No wonder he turned me down.
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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 »
After this one, the quality fell off...dramatically.
This one has everything but Zeppo. Groucho and Chico work together like a well oiled insane asylum. The ice cream bit still makes me laugh and I've seen it upwards of twenty times. The timing is incredible. The examination room bit with Harpo ("Either this man is dead or my watch has stopped") is equally tight. There isn't a slow moment in the film.
What is unusual in this film is the big musical number with the African-American race track employees. Instead of people in black face or grotesque caricatures, real black singers and dancers are featured. Imagine seeing the Jitterbug fifteen years before white teens were performing it. It is not the only time the Marx Brothers have featured black musicians in one of their movies (At the Circus comes to mind)...
Margaret Dumont as Mrs Upjohn is wonderful. A Marx Brothers fan, like myself, tends to fall in love with the woman after many years. Her beauty and naivety eventually charm even the most cynical Grouchophile...
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