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A Day at the Races (1937)


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Release Date: Jun 1, 1937 Wide



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A Day at the Races was the Marx Brothers' follow-up to their incomparable A Night at the Opera. Groucho Marx is cast as Hugo Z. Hackenbush, a veterinarian who passes himself off as a human doctor when summoned by wealthy hypochondriac Emily Upjohn (Margaret Dumont) to take over the financially strapped Standish Sanitarium. Chico Marx plays the sanitarium's general factotum, who works without pay because he has a soft spot for its owner, lovely Judy Standish (Maureen O'Sullivan). Harpo Marx


Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy

May 4, 2004

MGM Home Entertainment

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It places the Marx Brothers clearly among the few fine comedians of our day.

January 18, 2013 Full Review Source: The Nation
The Nation

Marx Bros.' big hit may miss with today's kids.

December 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

...may not inspire one to gales of laughter the way the earlier Marx Brothers films did, but there are still some good laughs here.

January 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Proof of the absence of God comes when Marx Brothers gags get the scissors ... yet we still must endure a show-stopping (in the worst sense of the word) water-ballet number that's a dose of Robitussin when the movie needs a double espresso.

April 4, 2006 Full Review Source:

Vintage Groucho, Harpo and Chico.

October 20, 2005
Nitrate Online

A winner at the box office.

April 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

When Groucho's in charge of things -- and that's most of the time -- A Day at the Races is full of great stuff.

August 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Groucho's power is his smoothness with language, his Kryptonite Chico's elaborate doublespeak.

August 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central


June 20, 2003
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

A Day at the Races (1937) is a classic Marx Brothers comedy, often argued as one of their three or four best works.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

Audience Reviews for A Day at the Races

I believe this is the longest of the Marx Brother's movies. It really didn't need to be so long, there were a couple of boring scenes. Other than that, the Brothers do all their usual jokes and run around being silly as usual, which is always fun, so I liked this movie anyway.
September 18, 2010

Super Reviewer

The Marx brothers are at their highest, most outgoing and energetic Comedy yet. Showing us all again who they really are. Here to keep the role as, personally, the greatest Slapstick team to garner the MEDIA-tric world with timeless, genius liter humor both in its out-colored variety as the jokes and characterizations remain clean.
April 17, 2009
Johnny D.

Super Reviewer

Another Marx Bros. classic. As long as you can stomach the superfluous romantic and musical interludes, you just cannot go wrong with them. Hilarious.
June 3, 2007
xGary Xx

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    1. Mrs. Emily Upjohn: I've never been so insulted in all my life!
    2. Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush: Well, it's early yet.
    – Submitted by Tom H (2 years ago)
    1. Flo Marlowe: Oh, hold me closer! Closer! Closer!
    2. Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush: If I hold you any closer, I'll be in back of you.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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