Day At The Races

Day At The Races

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Director: Sam Wood

Cast: Groucho Marx, Marx Brothers, Chico Marx


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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The follow-up to A Night at the Opera (arguably the Marx Brothers's best film), A Day at the Races falls a little short of the mark in comparison with Opera, but is still lunatic fun of a high order. The boys are in fine form here, performing difficult routines with such skill that they come across as effortless (and are all the more enjoyable therefore). Several classic routines -- including "tutsi-fruitis," in which Chico keeps conning Groucho into buying racing tip books, a riotous medical exam, and a wallpapering sequence -- make the film memorable, as does the extended race finale, which manages to be both terribly funny and moderately tense. Aside from the routines, the strength of the script lies in its cohesiveness and coherence, qualities often lacking in other Marx efforts. As indicated, the brothers are their usual hilarious selves. What's surprising is how animated Margaret Dumont gets to be in this film. Although the score's big ballad is no great shakes, its two production numbers -- one of which features an outrageous art deco set incorporating lily pad tables and fountains and an impressive Vivian Fay dance routine - are memorable. The other is simpler, but packs an even greater wallop: Ivie Anderson and the Crinoline Choir performing "All God's Children Got Rhythm," a number which occasionally veers close to racial insensitivity, but which is saved by Anderson's radiant vocalizing and the gospel wails of the choir, as well as some snappy jitterbugging. Races would be the last of the Marx Brothers' classic films; while follow-ups like Room Service have some wonderful moments, they lack the sparkle found in the boys' best work.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Groucho Marx Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush
Marx Brothers themselves (Groucho,Chico, Harpo)
Chico Marx Tony
Harpo Marx Stuffy
Allan Jones Gil Stewart
Leonard Ceeley Whitmore
Maureen O'Sullivan Judy Standish
Margaret Dumont Mrs. Emily Upjohn
Douglas Dumbrille Morgan
Esther Muir Flo Marlowe
Sig Rumann Dr. Leopold X. Steinberg
Robert Middlemass The Sheriff
Vivien Fay Solo Dancer
Ivie Anderson and the Crinoline Choir Actor
Hooper Atchley Race Judge
Frankie Darro Morgan's Jockey
Frank Dawson Actor
John Hyams Actor
Si Jenks Messenger
Edward J. Le Saint Doctor
Wilbur Mack Judge
Mary MacLaren Nurse
Jack Norton Drunk
Max Lucke Doctor
Pat Flaherty Detective
Carole Landis Extra
Charles Trowbridge Dr. Wilmerding

Technical Credits
Sam Wood Director,Producer
George Bassman Score Composer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
David Gould Choreography
Frank E. Hull Editor
Walter Jurmann Score Composer
Gus Kahn Score Composer
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
George Oppenheimer Screenwriter
Robert Pirosh Screenwriter
Stanley Rogers Art Director
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
George Seaton Screenwriter
Max Siegel Associate Producer
Irving G. Thalberg Producer
Dolly Tree Costumes/Costume Designer
Franz Waxman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Lawrence Weingarten Producer
Edwin B. Willis Art Director

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A Day at the Races 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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The Marx Brothers were a well known comedy team including Harpo, the harp-playing mute, Chico, the piano-playing Italian, Groucho, the wisecracker with the grease paint moustache and big black cigar, and Zeppo, the straight man from the late 20's to the mid-to-late 40's. Out of all their movies from The Cocoanuts (1929) to A Night In Casablanca (1946) I think A Day At The Races (1937) is one of their best. I recommend this movie to any Marx Brother fans, or those who are just looking for a good laugh.