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Straight Place and Show (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 30 September 1938 (USA)
The Ritz Brothers go to the race track. They raise training end entrance money in a wrestling match and help a young man train the horse of his fiancée.

Director:

David Butler

Writers:

Damon Runyon (play), Irving Caesar (play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
The Ritz Brothers ... The Ritz Brothers
Al Ritz ... Al Ritz
Harry Ritz ... Harry Ritz
Jimmy Ritz ... Jimmy Ritz
Richard Arlen ... Denny Paine
Ethel Merman ... Linda Tyler
Phyllis Brooks ... Barbara 'Babs' Drake
George Barbier ... Mr. Drake
Sidney Blackmer ... 'Lucky' Braddock
Will Stanton ... Truck Driver - Syd Robins
Ivan Lebedeff ... Ivan Borokov - Russian Jockey
Gregory Gaye ... Vladimir Borokov - Russian Jockey
Rafael Storm ... Boris Borokov - Russian Jockey
Stanley Fields ... Slippery Sol
Tiny Roebuck Tiny Roebuck ... Terrible Turk
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Storyline

According to the scribes at a big movie studio with Fox in its logo, it is the big season at the track. While some of the boys are not doing so well it is rumored that the Ritz brothers are to make a big killing on a hay-burner named "Playboy,". Now it is also rumored that the nag is owned by Barbara Drake. It is further mused around that she has a rich father who goes by the moniker of Mr. Drake. However, he is otherwise known to all and sundry as 'The Grump' as he is always ready to share his disposition with any unlucky citizen that may wander by. Barbara is sweet on a guy named Denny who is an all-around good citizen, who also likes Barbara in return. Barbara is jealous of a torch singer named Linda. Denny does not care to run in competition with any hay-burner and makes it plain that he has no intentions to share his girl's ever-loving affection with "Playboy." Denny wagers Barbara that her horse will not win a race in three months. If he does Denny will build him a stable right ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Damon Runyon's Straight Place and Show See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play by Damon Runyon and Irving Caesar was based on an earlier short story, "That Ever Loving Wife of Mine", which appeared in Hearst's International-Cosmopolitan in 1931. The play was never produced. See more »

Goofs

When Denny and Barbara are out for a stroll (about 20 minutes in), the rear projection is moving at a faster pace than they are. See more »

Connections

References The Lone Ranger (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

The Volga Boatman
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Composer unknown
Performed by The Ritz Brothers with special lyrics
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The Odious Ritz Brothers
5 September 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Possibly the least talented "act" ever seen, The Ritz Brother infested many a 30s film. Here they star in an unfunny comedy as dopes who are given a race horse. Richard Arlen and Ethel Merman are trapped in this stupid comedy as are Phyllis Brooks, Ben Weldon, Sidney Fields, Willie Best, George Barbier, and Sidney Blackmer.

Ethel Merman looks great but sings two sub-par songs; Richard Arlen looks fat, and no one else cause of ripple of interest. The Ritz Brothers make the Three Stooges look like Olivier, Gielgud, and Richardson!

An oddity is that Ivan Lebedev, Raphael Storm, and Gregory Gaye appear as 3 Russian jockeys.... the three also appeared together as princes/suitors to Constance Bennett in Merrily We Live that same year. What was THAT about?


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