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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush (as The Marx Brothers)
... Tony (as The Marx Brothers)
... Stuffy (as The Marx Brothers)
... Gil Stewart
... Judy Standish
... Mrs. Emily Upjohn
Leonard Ceeley ... Whitmore
... Morgan
... Cokey 'Flo'
... Dr. Steinberg (as Sig Rumann)
... Sheriff
... Dancer
Ivie Anderson ... Vocalist
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

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11 June 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un día en las carreras  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

When Stuffy gets on the horse with the wagon, he is wearing a coat and dark trousers. As jockey he wears white pants and jockey shirt. While he could have lost the coat easy enough, there was no opportunity for him to change pants. See more »

Quotes

Tony: Have you got a woman in here?
Dr. Hackenbush: If I haven't, I've wasted 30 minutes of valuable time!
Tony: Well, you better get her out of here! This is the last time I'm going to tell you.
Dr. Hackenbush: The last time? Can I depend on that?
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Marx Brothers (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Tomorrow Is Another Day
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Bronislau Kaper & Walter Jurmann
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Allan Jones
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"Getta Your Tuttsi Frutsi Ice Cream"
2 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

When MGM had such a great success with A Night at the Opera, their first film with the Marx Brothers it was only natural that they reunite them with Allan Jones again. Jones is once again doing the Zeppo part and helps out with all the racetrack shenanigans they pull. And of course unlike Zeppo, Jones sings beautifully.

Allan's in love with Maureen O'Sullivan who owns a sanitarium that the wealthy Margaret Dumont patronizes. Douglass Dumbrille wants it real bad and will do everything in the best Snidely Whiplash to get it from O'Sullivan. Dumont will help out, but only if her personal physician, Doctor Hugo Hackenbush takes over the sanitarium. Problem is that Dr. Hackenbush is a fake.

Of course you know Dr. Hackenbush is Groucho. I've said this on many occasions. But there are two schools of thoughts as to who had the best character names in films. W.C. Fields or Groucho Marx.

Jones has both Chico and Harpo as his sidekicks and of course like they had to save the opera in the first film, they have to save the sanitarium for Maureen O'Sullivan and to do it, they have to enter Jones's horse High Hat in the Steeplechase. What they did to delay the opera is nothing compared to the riotous stuff pulled to stall the race.

But I like A Day At the Races most of all because it is the best showing of Chico in that Tuttsi Frutsi Ice Cream bit where the ignorant immigrant takes in the greedy Groucho with his racetrack tips. The only one whoever really got the better of Groucho. Chico invented disingenuous it was the only way to deflect Groucho's razor wit. A lot of people in the audience identified with Chico in fleecing Groucho so thoroughly. It's my favorite Marx Brothers moment.

And if you watch A Day At the Races it might become your's as well.


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