A Day at the Races

A Day at the Races

DVD - 2004
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Groucho stars as a vet accidentally put in charge of a sanitarium. He meets Harpo the jockey and Chico the tipster, a crazy pair from the race track, and "Marxmania" breaks loose.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2004
ISBN: 9780790745527
Branch Call Number: DVD Comedy / Marx 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,12 cm., in container


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Apr 08, 2018

I really like The Marx Brothers. At the height of their popularity (between 1935-1945), Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and, sometimes, Zeppo (always playing the straight man), were one of Hollywood's funniest comedy teams, ever. Their unique brand of humour (a zany mix of slapstick, absurd situations, and racy innuendo/word-play) is genuinely hilarious, even when judged by today's standards.

When The Marx Brothers were good, they were very, very, good. Indeed. But when they weren't so good - Well - Their wit and charm floundered somewhat, just as it did here in 1937's "A Day At The Races".

A good part of this flick's problem can easily be blamed on there being way too much focus put on a boring romance. And this left The Marx Brothers out of the picture's limelight far too often.

In "A Day At The Races" - Groucho, Harpo, and Chico (as characters Dr. Hackenbush, Stuffy, and Tony, respectively) try to save Judy's Health Sanatorium from being turned into a Casino by the ruthless villain, Morgan.

This flick also contains a really splendid musical number that includes about 30 black performers whose ages ranged from about 5 to 40. It really rocks.

Apr 29, 2017

These guys are around the top of the food chain of comedy acts. Absolutely great!!!!!!!!!!!!

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