A Day at the Races
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A Day at the Races was the Marx Brothers' follow-up to their incomparable A Night at the Opera. Groucho Marx is cast as Hugo Z. Hackenbush, a veterinarian who passes himself off as a human doctor when summoned by wealthy hypochondriac Emily Upjohn (Margaret Dumont) to take over the financially strapped Standish Sanitarium. Chico Marx plays the sanitarium's general factotum, who works without pay because he has a soft spot for its owner, lovely Judy Standish (Maureen O'Sullivan). Harpo Marx portrays a jockey at the local racetrack, constantly bullied by the evil Morgan (Douglass… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It places the Marx Brothers clearly among the few fine comedians of our day."
‑ Mark Van Doren, The Nation
"Proof of the absence of God comes when Marx Brothers gags get the scissors ... yet we still must endure a show-stopping (in the worst sense of the word) water-ballet number that's a dose of Robitussin when the movie needs a double espresso."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
"When Groucho's in charge of things -- and that's most of the time -- A Day at the Races is full of great stuff."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A Day at the Races (1937) is a classic Marx Brothers comedy, often argued as one of their three or four best works."
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
"Marx Bros.' big hit may miss with today's kids."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Vintage Groucho, Harpo and Chico."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"Groucho's power is his smoothness with language, his Kryptonite Chico's elaborate doublespeak."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"...may not inspire one to gales of laughter the way the earlier Marx Brothers films did, but there are still some good laughs here."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"A winner at the box office."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
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