A Day at the Races
In this madcap escapade, the Marx Brothers aid Judy Standish (Maureen O'Sullivan), who runs a private sanitarium that's facing foreclosure. Groucho plays (horse doctor!) Hugo Hackenbush, and the one-liners fly, providing hearty laughs all around. Harpo mimes and Chico obliterates the English language in the guise of a racing tipster with a suspicious Italian accent. Perennial foil Margaret Dumont is on hand as a rich, fussy sanitarium patient.
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- Sam Wood
- Top 100 Laughs
NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Full Screen 1.37:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Filmed in B&W; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this movie isn't nonstop comedy. It's got a plethora of musical numbers that bring the action to a halt (if you're lucky, a Marx Brother or two will join the instrumentalizing). Don't be surprised if kids lose interest, or just watch in between careful fast-forwards. One of the livelier musical numbers, with an overwhelmingly black cast of performers, has the reputation of pandering to negative racial stereotypes. The plot glorifies gambling and horse racing.
- Sexual Content
- Mild innuendo from Groucho.
- Some slapstick roughhousing, and a horse who likes to kick things over.
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- The Marx Brothers are the anti-authoritarian underdogs while police and other authorities look like gangster henchmen. The threesome pulls off a number of scams and tricks, but in the interest of helping a virtuous pretty girl keep her clinic open. In one scene, they don blackface to hide from police. One musical number includes many African-American performers, but also includes some negative racial stereotypes.
- References to a few 1930s products and sensations (like big-game hunter Frank Buck) don't mean much today.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Social drinking and smoking.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it