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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Sam Wood

Writers:

Robert Pirosh (screen play), George Seaton (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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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THEY'RE OFF (THEIR NUTS!) in the Grand Championship of Musical Fun Handicaps! (Print Ad- Malakoff News, ((Malakoff, Texas)) 25 June 1937) See more »

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Comedy | Musical | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Irving Thalberg protested the scene in which Harpo Marx frantically mimes to Chico Marx that Hackenbush (Groucho Marx) is in danger. It changed Harpo, said Thalberg, from a character who DIDN'T talk into a character who COULDN'T talk. Thalberg, who didn't live to see the completed film, was overruled, and similar gags were used in the later The Marx Brothers pictures A Night in Casablanca (1946) and Love Happy (1949). See more »

Goofs

When Tony starts playing, the piano clearly shows "Steinway and Sons." In later shots the logo is missing. See more »

Quotes

[Stuffy has grabbed some poison to drink]
Dr. Hackenbush: Hey, don't drink that poison! That's $4.00 an ounce!
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Alternate Versions

The version previously aired on Turner Classic Movies featured the original blue-tinting of the image during the "Water Ballet" number. This scene is presented in black and white on previous VHS versions, and on the current DVD. The new DVD master has replaced TCM's old broadcast master, thus, when the film is now broadcast, the scene is in black and white. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Village of the Giants (1994) See more »

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Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
(uncredited)
Traditional
Performed by The Crinoline Choir in the "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm" number
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The Last Great Marx Brothers Movie
25 January 2005 | by masercotSee all my reviews

After this one, the quality fell off...dramatically.

This one has everything but Zeppo. Groucho and Chico work together like a well oiled insane asylum. The ice cream bit still makes me laugh and I've seen it upwards of twenty times. The timing is incredible. The examination room bit with Harpo ("Either this man is dead or my watch has stopped") is equally tight. There isn't a slow moment in the film.

What is unusual in this film is the big musical number with the African-American race track employees. Instead of people in black face or grotesque caricatures, real black singers and dancers are featured. Imagine seeing the Jitterbug fifteen years before white teens were performing it. It is not the only time the Marx Brothers have featured black musicians in one of their movies (At the Circus comes to mind)...

Margaret Dumont as Mrs Upjohn is wonderful. A Marx Brothers fan, like myself, tends to fall in love with the woman after many years. Her beauty and naivety eventually charm even the most cynical Grouchophile...

See it!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

11 June 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Day at the Races See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Black and White | Black and White (Sepiatone)| Black and White (blue tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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