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A Day at the Races (1937)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Sport | 11 June 1937 (USA)
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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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The Year's BIG Laugh, Music and Girl Show! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical | Sport

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

11 June 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Day at the Races See more »

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Technical Specs

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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

Al Boasberg, the man most responsible for shaping the early comic persona of Jack Benny, was initially given top billing among the film's writers. In what was to become one of the first major disputes over film writing credit, Boasberg (primarily a gag man) sought sole credit for the comedic scenes, leaving credit for the screenplay itself to Robert Pirosh and George Seaton. MGM bitterly fought this and punished Boasberg by listing him under the others. A furious Boasberg had his name removed from the film completely. See more »

Goofs

In the closing seconds of the film, Hackenbush takes off his hat and puts it up on the tip of his umbrella. When the camera angle changes to a wide shot, he does it again. See more »

Quotes

[after taking his watch from under Steinberg's gaze and tossing it in a wash basin]
Dr. Hackenbush: I'd rather have it rusty than missing.
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"Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 (opening)
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Music by Franz Liszt
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Orchestra conducted by Harpo Marx
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Good Marx movie
2 January 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Judy Standish (Maureen O'Sullivan) owns the failing Standish Sanitarium. Her rich most important patient Mrs. Upjohn (Margaret Dumont) is leaving. Judy's boyfriend Gil Stewart (Allan Jones) spends all his money to buy a horse and win big for her. She is dismayed that he abandons his singing. Tony (Chico Marx) overhears Upjohn's praise for Dr. Hackenbush (Groucho Marx) and sends for him who turns out to be a veterinarian. Banker J.D. Morgan (Douglas Dumbrille) is trying to buy out the sanitarium with the help of the scheming manager Whitmore (Leonard Ceeley). Gil gets Stuffy (Harpo Marx) to ride his horse Hi-Hat.

Groucho is as snappy as ever. Harpo's physical gags are hilarious. There are some fun long setups like the ice cream bit. When all three get together in the examination, it's a great skit. As always in their movies, there are old fashion musical numbers. Those are not my taste but it's expected. I personally like the musical segments where they inject comedy into them. There is even one with a big cast of black singers and dancers. There are some big laughs although the movie is a bit long.


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