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Day At The Races

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  Day At The Races Review
Tookey's Rating
7 /10
Average Rating
7.31 /10
Groucho Marx , Chico Marx, Harpo Marx
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Directed by: Sam Wood
Written by: Robert Pirosh, George Seaton, George Oppenheimer from Pirosh and Seaton's story

Released: 1937
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 109


A hypochondriac socialite (Margaret Dumont) employs a horse doctor (Groucho Marx) to take over a sanitarium.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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MGM executive producer Irving Thalberg (who died during production) made the Marx Brothers acceptable to a wider audience by interspersing their comic routines with romantic interludes, and improving the production values of their films enormously. While his policy worked reasonably well on A Night At The Opera , this follow-up grinds to a halt rather too often. Still, there are some great lines ("Either this man is dead or my watch has stopped"), funny routines, and the racecourse climax works beautifully.
"Surefire film fun and up to the usual parity of the madcap Marxes, even though a bit hectic in striving for jolly moments and bright quips."
"The money is fairly splashed about; the capitalists have recognized the Marx Brothers; ballet sequences, sentimental songs, amber fountains, young lovers. Easily the best film to be seen in London, but all the same I feel a nostalgia for the old cheap rickety sets."
(Graham Greene)
"It's not up to Opera or Duck Soup , but it's better than just about everything else they did."
(Pauline Kael)

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