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A Day at the Races (1937) was a Comedy - Sports Film directed by Sam Wood and produced by Sam Wood, Irving Thalberg and Lawrence Weingarten.

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A Day at the Races (1937, Sam Wood)

By Andrew Wickliffe on May 18, 2015 From The Stop Button

Until the halfway point or so, A Day at the Races moves quite well. Sure, it gets off to a slow start–introducing Chico as sidekick to Maureen O’Sullivan and setting up her problems (her sanitarium is going out of business), which isn’t funny stuff. I think Allan Jones even shows u... Read full article


A Day at the Races (1937)

By Beatrice on Sep 28, 2013 From Flickers in Time

A Day at the Races Directed by Sam Wood Written by Robert Pirosh, George Seton, and George Oppenheimer 1937/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Repeat viewing Although I thought a lot of the many, many musical sequences dragged down the pace of this, the Marx Brothers continued to score with me in the comedy ... Read full article


A Day at the Races (1937)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 16, 2013 From 4 Star Films

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A Day at the Races (1937)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 16, 2013 From 4 Star Films

Starring The Marx Brothers, the film begins with a pretty young lady who owns a sanitarium near a racetrack. In danger of closing, she brings in a new doctor named Hackenbush (who specializes in horses) and at the same time her love buys a race horse. A powerful man wants the place closed down so he... Read full article


A day at the races with the Clark Gables .....

By cinemafan2 on Mar 16, 2013 From Carole & Co.

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Tony: [to Stuffy] Morgan fired you, huh? He wanted you to throw the race?
Gil: Wanted Stuffy to be crooked, eh?
Tony: Yeah, you know he's honest!
[Stuffy's hand starts to creep into ice cream cart - Tony slams the lid of his down onto it]
Tony: He's honest, but you gotta watch him a little.


[referring to Ms. Marlowe]
Dr. Hackenbush: You've got it all wrong. This is my aunt. She's come to talk over some old family matters.
Tony: I wish I had an aunt look like that.
Dr. Hackenbush: Well, take it up with your uncle.


Dr. Hackenbush: I haven't seen so much mudslinging since the last election!


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The then unknown British actress Greer Garson was offered the female role, but she declined, explaining she didn't settled for less than a leading role.
There was originally a song that echoed "Hurray for Captain Spaulding" entitled "Dr. Hackenbush" (written by "Spaulding" songwriters Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby). However, it was decided that something needed to be cut and Groucho Marx volunteered this song. He came to regret this this decision and in later years often sang the song at gatherings.
The "Grand Steeplechase" sequence at the end had to be shot twice. Both times a crew member persuaded Chico Marx to gamble on it and not only to bet on the outcome of a rigged non-race, but to bet on a horse other than the one scripted to win. Chico, all his life an avid gambler, could offer as excuse only, "The odds were 20 to one."
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