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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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Three Great Laff Stars ! . . . more gags and gals . . . more songs and dances ! See more »

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Comedy | Musical | Sport

Certificate:

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:

Un día en las carreras See more »

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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

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 »

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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 »

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Gil: Are you a man or a mouse?
Dr. Hackenbush: You put a piece of cheese down there and you'll find out.
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Alternate Versions

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 »

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Soundtracks

"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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Could Do Without the Singing of Allan Jones
9 April 2001 | by eibon09See all my reviews

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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