A Day At The Races 1937 NR CC

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van Johnson, Ricardo Montalban and George Murphy star in this remarkable war film about courageous American G.I.s caught up in the battle at Bastogne.

Starring:
Groucho Marx, Maureen O'sullivan
Runtime:
1 hour 50 minutes

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A Day At The Races

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Genres Comedy, Sports
Director Sam Wood
Starring Groucho Marx, Maureen O'sullivan
Supporting actors Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Allan Jones, Maureen O'Sullivan, Margaret Dumont, Leonard Ceeley, Douglass Dumbrille, Esther Muir, Sig Ruman, Robert Middlemass, Vivien Fay, Ivie Anderson, The Crinoline Choir, Hooper Atchley, King Baggot, Kenny Baker, Vivian Barry, Barbara Bedford
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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You wont find many better.
Thomas Morassini
This is definitely my favorite Marx Bros. film; one of the funniest I've seen!
"rynnfrink"
I really enjoy this movie, very funny!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By W. L Lord on August 2, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I decided to watch this film again after an absence of probably 30 years when I learned that Dorothy Dandridge had a small part and I wanted to see if I could find her in the crowd. I'm not sure if I identified her or not but unexpectedly, I was absolutely blown away by the cameo of Ivy Anderson in "All God's Chillun Got Rythym". Her timing and delivery couldn't have been better and I strongly disagree with those who find the number too long and offensively stereotypical. I speak as one whose musical tastes are probably 80% classical and I do not often find much in popular music that I am enthusiastic about. Of course, the style and mannerisms of the black actors are dated and even stereotypical in the dance number that follows. But it has energy and enthusiasm and the paticipants at least seem to be having fun. The Marx brothers are not afraid to even poke fun at race issues by smearing grease on their face. In fact there are other ethnic stereotypes in the movie such as Chico's Italian persona and the German doctor that no one seems to object to because it is all in good fun and not malicious. In fact, the black race track workers are depicted sympathetically while the villains are greedy and underhanded whites trying to fix the race and steal the sanitarium. They lose and the race track workers stage a triumphal march at the end. I think for 1937 this is actually a pretty progressive film in terms of how black people were portrayed. I think that white audiences in 1937 had a mind set which limited how sympathically black people could be portrayed and humorous situations were a general rule.Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Although A Night At The Opera is the more widely celebrated, I personally find A Day At The Races the better of the two films. The plot is stronger, the romantic subplot is well integrated into the film and not intrusive, and the few musical numbers are entertaining if rather spurious.
Much the success of Marx Brothers' brand of comedy arises from their dissonance when placed in a "high society" setting peopled with formally behaved characters. This is particularly true of A Day At The Races, in which horse-doctor Groucho impersonates a society doctor to treat the formidable Margaret Dumont. Dumont's work, too often overlooked in the wake of Marx Brothers lunacy, is nothing short of brilliant in this film, and provides the perfect foil for the hysteria created by Groucho, Harpo, and Chico. The supporting cast is equally fine.
The film includes two of the funniest bits of work the Marx Brothers ever put on celluloid: the call from Florida scene, in which Groucho runs riot with the switchboard, and the examination scene, in which the brothers take a diagnoistic gander at Dumont, who is "afflicted with nothing in its most violent form."
An equal to the Marx Brothers earlier work at Paramount, A Day at the Races is pure subversive hilarity, as funny today as when it first hit the screen some seventy years ago.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. W. Fuller on October 8, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
"A Day At the Races", the Marx Bros. seventh film, released in 1937, is their last real great film in the sense of its overall humor and comic genous.
Groucho plays a horse doctor, Dr. Hackenbush, who is more interested on betting on horses than treating them.
The plot revolves around a sanatorium which is loosing money. Run by Judy Standish (Maureen O'Sullivan), she is offered five thousand dollars to sell it to a shady character, Morgan (Douglas Dumbrille). He wants the sanitorium for his race track. However, the sanitorium's leading patient, Mrs. UpJohn (Margaret Dumont) comes to the aid of Judy Standish when she offers finicial support - but only if she hires Dr. Hackenbush. Of course nobody knows he is just a horse doctor.
Harpo plays a jockey. Chico (Tony) plays the sanitarium's loyal employee. When he overhears the conversation about Hackensbush, he quickly wires him to come. He also sells ice cream and racing tips on the side. In a later scene, one of the film's highlights, he sells Groucho a library's worth of books which are intended to have the name of the horse and jockey in a particular race.
As is many Marx Bros. films, there is a love interest. This one involves Allan Jones (Gil Stewart) and Judy Standish. He spends his life's savings on a horse, Highhat, in the hopes it will win a race and enough money to bail the sanatorium out of its near bankruptcy.
Over-all, this is a fast paced comedy, expect for the songs which really have no place in the film, and seem to go on forever. However, they may be fast forwarded through.
The film's highlights include a roarous scene with the Marx Bros. and a seductress, Flo Marlowe (Esther Muir).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 8, 2004
Format: DVD
I see a lot of people (not necessarily here, but in other Marx Brothers forums) get down on this movie, but I am inclined to disagree. I believe it's right up there with the Brothers' best, including Duck Soup and Night. "Hack-in-a-bush" is Groucho's self-proclaimed favorite role, and he is more natural in his acting here than I've ever seen. Harpo is hysterical as always and Margaret Dumont is brilliant... but I think the real stand-out in this one is Chico. I have never seen him having more fun. His acting is precise and true, his piano scene blows every other one out of the water and his grin is so adorable you can't help but grin back. Honestly, until I saw this Harpo was far and away my favorite, but after Day at the Races Chico is a very close contender. :)

Don't not get this one because you hear it's inferior! Yes, there are some forgettable scenes, but nobody's perfect, people. I think just the chance to see big-eyed Harpo innocently tooting away on his flute in a mass of jolly black workers yelling "WHO'S THAT MAN?" is worth the money.
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