A Day at the Races

  • MGM, 1937, B/W, 111 minutes
  • Released June, 1937

Groucho is horse doctor Hugo Z. Hackenbush (which in itself is enough to bring a laugh!) treating hypochondriac Margaret Dumont, while Harpo and Chico wreak humdinging havoc at trackside. With Maureen O’Sullivan, Allan Jones. Anyone for a tutsi-frutsi ice cream?

The Marx Brothers Collection DVD Box Set (shown right) contains this film and A Night at the Opera, A Night in Casablanca, Room Service, At the Circus, Go West and The Big Store.


  • Producer: Max Siegel and Sam Wood
  • Director: Sam Wood
  • Screenplay: Robert Pirosh, George Seaton and George Oppenheimer
  • Musical Score: Gus Kahn, Walter Jurmann and Bronislau Kaper
  • Song Score: Gus Kahn, Walter Jurmann and Bronislau Kaper
  • Music Director: Franz Waxman
  • Choreography: Dave Gould
  • Art Director: Cedric Gibbons
  • Cinematography: Joseph Ruttenberg
  • Film Editing: Frank E. Hull


  • Academy Award nomination for Best Dance Direction (Dave Gould)


  • Groucho Marx [Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush]
  • Chico Marx [Tony]
  • Harpo Marx [Stuffy]
  • Allan Jones [Gil]
  • Maureen O’Sullivan [Judy]
  • Margaret Dumont [Mrs. Upjohn]
  • Leonard Ceeley [Whitmore]
  • Douglas Dumbrille [Morgan]
  • Esther Muir [Flo]
  • Sig Rumann [Dr. Steinberg]
  • Robert Middlemass [Sheriff]
  • Charles Trowbridge [Dr. Wilmerding]
  • Frank Dawson
  • Edward Le Saint
  • Max Lucke [Doctors]
  • Frankie Darro [Morgan’s Jockey]
  • Pat Flaherty [Detective]
  • Si Jenks [Messenger]
  • Hooper Atchley [Race Judge]
  • John Hyams
  • Wilbur Mack [Judges]
  • Mary MacLaren [Nurse]
  • Jack Norton [Drunk]
  • Vivian Fay [Solo Dancer]
  • Ivie Anderson and the Crinoline Choir [vocals]

Musical Program

  • [0:43] Blue Venetian Waters (sung by Allan Jones and Chorus Girls, danced by Chorus Girls
  • entire scene in blue-tone)
  • [0:54] Chico plays unidentified number on piano
  • [0:57] Harpo plays unidentified comedy number on piano, then plays unidentified number on harp
  • [1:04] Blue Danube (comedy dance by Groucho)
  • [1:23] Tomorrow Is Another Day (sung by Allan Jones)
  • [1:26] Barn Sequence (sung and danced by Allan Jones, Marx Brothers and Crinoline Choir featuring Ivie Anderson) includes excerpts of All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm, “A Message from the Man in the Moon”, “Cosi Cosa”