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Year
1937
Runtime
111 min.
Director
Sam Wood
Genres
Comedy, Sport
Rating *
7.7
Votes *
10,122
Checks
2,694
Favs
133
Dislikes
16
Favs/checks
4.9% (1:20)
Favs/dislikes
8:1
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  1. JStein's avatar

    JStein

    Some great moments (the operation scene for example) but there are a few too many dull scenes. Not the brothers' best. 6 years 9 months ago
  2. petenigma's avatar

    petenigma

    Far from a sports movie, but great nonetheless. 9 years 1 month ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    A Day at the Races drops the Marx Brothers in a sanitarium next to a racetrack, and the comic action moves from one to the other to make a get-rich/save-the-business plot work. It's not the kind of thing where the plot is all that important, so long as it provides ample justification for comedy routines and slapstick set pieces, but that plot is amusing enough and isn't TOO close to A Night at the Opera, despite having mostly the same guest cast. Indeed, it appears that if you can stand to work with the clearly insane Marx Brothers, you'll have a job for life. In addition to Margaret Dumont (Groucho's leading lady and eternal foil), and Sig Ruman (usually the heavy), we have Allen Jones AGAIN playing a struggling singer, the better to introduce musical elements (including a very cool, if unnecessary, ballet number with Vivien Fay). It's still the Marx's longest film and it feels like it. Warning: There's a mercifully brief black face moment (though a lot of actual black performers in what is a good musical routine, at least up to that off-putting point). 2 years 8 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #41 in IMDb's Sport Top 50
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  2. This movie ranks #48 in IMDb's Musical Top 50
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  3. This movie ranks #59 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs
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  4. This movie ranks #82 in Geoff King's Film Comedy
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  5. This movie ranks #145 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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