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A Day at the Races (1937)

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DVD Release Date
• R1: May 4, 2004

Running Time
1 hour, 51 minutes

Country USA

Studio MGM

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• A Day at the Races

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Genre: Comedy, Family, Musical, Slapstick, Buddies, Scams And Cons, Farce, Mental Illness

Tagline: The Year's BIG Laugh, Music and Girl Show!

Plot: Maureen O’Sullivan plays Judy Standish, a woman whose sanitarium is about to be foreclosed upon. Standish begs for help from rich patient Emily Updike, played by the hysterically funny Maragaret Dumont. Updike agrees to save the sanitarium but demands that her favorite medical practitioner, Dr. Hugo Hackenbush (Groucho Marx), be placed in charge. Hackenbush is a horse doctor by trade. Thus begins another wacky, silly adventure with the kings of comedy, Groucho, Chico, and Harpo Marx. Chico, a racing tipster, and Harpo, a jockey, find faith in Hackenbush when they discover that the good doctor is a fraud, so the trio sets off to defeat the nasty bankers who continue to scheme for the sanitarium, while also pushing forward the incipient love affair between Standish and struggling singer Gil Stewart (Allan Jones). Also included is the horse race for which the film is named, a carnival of bathing beauties, and some very odd musical numbers.

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 Directed by
Sam Wood
A Night at the Opera, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, The Pride of the Yankees
 Written by
Robert Pirosh
Battleground, Hell Is for Heroes, A Gathering of Eagles
George Seaton
Miracle on 34th Street, The Song of Bernadette, Moon Over Miami
Dorothy Dandridge
Carmen Jones, Porgy and Bess, Sun Valley Serenade
Groucho Marx
Duck Soup, A Night at the Opera, Animal Crackers
Chico Marx
Duck Soup, A Night at the Opera, Animal Crackers
Harpo Marx
Duck Soup, A Night at the Opera, Animal Crackers
Allan Jones
A Night at the Opera, Show Boat, Rose-Marie
Maureen O'Sullivan
Hannah and Her Sisters, Peggy Sue Got Married, The Thin Man
Margaret Dumont
Duck Soup, A Night at the Opera, Auntie Mame
 Music By
George Bassman
The Postman Always Rings Twice, Ride the High Country, The Clock
Roger Edens
On the Town, Annie Get Your Gun, Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Walter Jurmann
A Night at the Opera
Bronislau Kaper
A Night at the Opera, Gaslight, Auntie Mame

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