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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The water carnival sequence was originally filmed in light brown sepia, and the ballet scene was shot with a blue tint. Unfortunately, these tints have not been reproduced for the film's VHS and DVD releases, nor for the prints used for broadcast on Turner Classic Movies. See more »
When the horses head to the track, the announcer notes only eleven horses are headed to the track and that the added horse, Hi Hat, is nowhere to be seen. However, when the board was shown with the horses listed, twelve horses were initially listed for the race with two scratched and then Hi Hat added, so if Hi Hat wasn't heading to the track, there should have only been ten horses. See more »
After the film's opening two musical numbers featuring the songs "I'm Dr. Hackenbush" and "I've got a message from the man in the moon" were removed. This footage is now believed to have been destroyed. See more »
A Day at the Races(1937) is not as fully free spirited as the early Marx Brothers films but at the same time not a by the numbers movie like the late Marx Brothers. A funny comedy that was the followup to the brilliant A Night at the Opera(1935). Groucho is terrific as usual in the role of Horse Doctor, Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush. He fills the movie with line after line of witty remarks.
Groucho Marx is the true king of the one liners. One of my favorite scenes is when Groucho uses different voices on the telephone to prevent some people from finding out his true occupation. Another classic scene is the tootsie fruitsie Ice Cream sequence. Groucho and his brother, Chico do a excellent comic spar for this one scene.
Margaret Dumont provides the exact opposite personality to Groucho Marx. She plays here yet another rich old lady whose being courted by a character played by Groucho Marx. I also love the classic scene of Dr. Hackenbush along with Tony and Stuffy performing a physical on Mrs. Upjohn much to her chagrin. What separates this from earlier Marx Brothers films is that the plot of A Day at the Races(1937) and later films revolve around saving a company from closing down.
What brings the movie down is the singing of Allan Jones who bores the viewer when he's in the film. The Marx Brothers films were much better when Zeppo Marx played the straight man because he wasn't as annoying as Allan Jones. Contains scenes that were on the level of the classic sequences from the Marx Brothers during their Paramount days. A Day at the Races(1937) gets high amounts of laughter from me every time I watch the film.
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