A Day at the Races (1937)
Average Rating: 7.6/10
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Release Date: Jun 1, 1937 Wide
Average Rating: 3.9/5
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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
Jun 1, 1937 Wide
May 4, 2004
MGM Home Entertainment
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It places the Marx Brothers clearly among the few fine comedians of our day.
...may not inspire one to gales of laughter the way the earlier Marx Brothers films did, but there are still some good laughs here.
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.
Vintage Groucho, Harpo and Chico.
When Groucho's in charge of things -- and that's most of the time -- A Day at the Races is full of great stuff.
Groucho's power is his smoothness with language, his Kryptonite Chico's elaborate doublespeak.
Audience Reviews for A Day at the Races
- Mrs. Emily Upjohn: I've never been so insulted in all my life!
- Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush: Well, it's early yet.
- Flo Marlowe: Oh, hold me closer! Closer! Closer!
- Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush: If I hold you any closer, I'll be in back of you.
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