A DAY AT THE RACES (U)
D: Sam Wood
MGM (Sam Wood)
US 🇺🇸 1937
W: Robert Pirosh, George Seaton, George Oppenheimer, George
S. Kaufman & Carey Wilson
DP: Joseph Ruttenberg
Ed: Frank E. Hull
Mus: Walter Jurmann, Bronislau Kaper & Franz
Groucho Marx (Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush), Chico Marx (Tony),
Harpo Marx (Stuffy), Allan Jones (Gil Stewart), Maureen O'Sullivan (Judy Standish), Margaret Dumont (Emily Upjohn)
More slapstick shenanigans with the Marx Brothers, in their
7th feature length motion picture from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
This encounter sees a horse veterinarian (Groucho) masquerade
as a legitimate doctor so he can fool a wealthy socialite into saving a sanitarium from falling into the hands of a racecourse owner who plans to turn the building into a casino.
The wisecracking dialogue is an absolute riot, delivered with
the usual chutzpah by the comedy troupe and their supporting cast (except, of course, for Harpo, whose character never speaks).
The film culminates in a big race, utilising stock footage of
an actual horse racing event, and considering the film's age, this blends quite well.
There are a few musical interludes that I personally could
have done without, but it's understandable that they were a staple of film at the time of production.
Very good fun, but it's no Duck Soup.