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A Day at the Races [1937]

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  • Actors: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Allan Jones, Sam Wood
  • Directors: Sam Wood
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono, Subtitled
  • Language: English, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Danish, English, French, German, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SQFRAY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,331 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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REGION 2 UK DVD - PLENTY OF SPECIAL FEATURES.

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This is one of the Marx Brothers' few MGM pictures, from early on in their career - it's not as good as 'A Night at the Opera', but it's still head and shoulders above most comedy films made in the 63 years since! The unlikely plot centres on a sanitarium and a racecourse. Groucho plays a horse vet (Hugo Z Hackenbush - masquerading as an expert doctor) who comes to the aid of the short-on-cash hospital, advising the owner to make money via horse-racing. The plot isn't the reason for watching the movie (it never is with Marx Bros films!) - you should get this video to watch the madcap antics of the three stars. The operating theatre scene and the Groucho-Chico book-trading exchange are both achingly funny. One fact that Marx-fans should also note is that there's currently a two-film video available on Amazon, containing both this film and 'A Day at the Races' for pretty much the same price.
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This is the Marx Brothers film that has aged the most in terms of its attitude to women and race. Some scenes may therefore seem rather awkward to a modern audience and if you are watching for the laughs then the long music and dance number will also have you reaching for the fast forward button. However, amid all this there are wonderfully screwy performances from all three of the Marxes and Margaret Dumont once again playing the fabulous straight woman to so much of their insanity. The sadness is that during this film their producer Irving Thalberg died (aged only 39) and after then the Marxes were not allowed to test out film material on stage (as they did with this and all their previous films) and Groucho commented that making movies stopped being fun. You can tell ... so for all its unfortunate aging, it is the last chance to see the Marxes showing their theatre-honed skills and getting some big laughs.
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What a great all round comedy from the marx brothers. A video that gives us laughter the whole way through from start to finish. The overall story line is excellent and at times is slightly jumpy but all greats have there slight blips. Groucho plays a great Dr Hakenbush that is portrayed as a comical horse doctor from southern florida. With added extras from the rest of the cast and the excellence of the trio in action this film is a definite for the the film noir junkies but with the added laughter makes a great nights viewing. A definite viewing pleasure that isnt seen today.
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On their way down the slippery slope of over produced, cash-in movies. The musical interludes as in 'night at the opera' are cringe inducing. Fast forward through them. Why the brothers succumbed to this middle of the road 'all entertainment' montage is beyond me, although even the big 4 barely get away with the musical interludes. The gags are watered down and lack the spirit and bravado of the big 4 films.
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Other reviewers have pretty well summed it up, so I wasn't going to add my opinion. That is until I read one reviewer's comment that it's dragged down by the barnyard musical numbers.

You have got to be joking! What you get is the wonderful Ivie Anderson and other members of Duke Ellington's band with a storming performance of "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm", backed up with a totally fantastic lindy-hop dance sequence from Whitey's Lindy Hoppers. A real hot bonus for any music lovers!
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There seem to be two threads to Marx Brothers films: the very, very, good and the (frankly) rather dull. This is accounted for by who produced the films. So there are high budget and low budget productions. I'm happy to say that 'A Day at the Races' belongs to the former in both categories. It even includes a big jazz number by the (unlisted) Duke Ellington band. Both Harpo and Chico are on top musical form. Harpo, who I discover was born in 1888, demolishes not only a Rachmaninov Prelude for piano, but also the piano. For anyone interested in stagecraft this is truly an amazing scene. There are some daring horse-racing stunts done mainly by Harpo (before he got injured), and Groucho is red-hot with the wisecracks. There is some additional information on the DVD which makes this not only very entertaining, but a DVD for the film connoisseur.

Another good one: A Night At The Opera [1935]
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The plot is particular bizarre. Judy Standish (Maureen O'Sullivan) has inherited a sanitarium and if she is unable to repay her debts she will be bought out by a casino! Her fiancee Gil (Alan Jones) has a plan to save the day: he has bought a race horse and hopes to win the money she needs. Judy finds the scheme ridiculous and turns instead to wealthy patient Emily Upjohn (the formidable Margaret Dumont)--who insists that Judy employ her favorite doctor, Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush. And with a name like that, this can only be one actor: Groucho Marx.
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Despite its age it is still keeping up your level of laughing. For me it is still the funniest movie ever. Buy it when you come across it :-)
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