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A Day at the Races

Released 1937
Distributor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

The Marx’s second glossy comedy for MGM is not nearly so rowdy or unpredictable as their Paramount classics but it’s the Marxes so who’s complaining. Sam Wood’s 1937 film toes the company line but Harpo, Chico and especially Groucho as the alarming Dr. Hackenbush make a point of stepping on that toe as often as possible.

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About Robert Weide

Robert Weide's documentary films include The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell; the Emmy-winning W.C. Fields Straight Up; Mort Sahl: The Loyal Opposition; Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth (which won an Emmy Award and was Oscar-nominated); and Woody Allen: A Documentary. He has worked in narrative features as Producer and Writer of Mother Night, Director of How to Lose Friends & Alienate People and Co-Writer of the 2014 adaptation of The Giver. Weide was Executive Producer and principal Director of the HBO series, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and created, wrote and directed the 2014 British comedy/drama series Mr. Sloane for Sky Atlantic. He is currently in post-production on a documentary, Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time, which he commenced filming in 1988. Weide is the recipient of three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe and a DGA Award.