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A Day At The Races
" The Year's BIG Laugh, Music and Girl Show! "

      Synopsis: A Day at the Races is the Marx Brothers at their commercial and popular peak. The story finds Groucho, Chico, and Harpo helping out at a sanatorium, where their longtime foil in the movies, Margaret Dumont, is the leading patient. Doctor Hugo Hackenbush, Tony, and Stuffy try and save Judy's farm by winning a big race with her horse. There are a few problems however. Hackenbush runs a high priced clinic for the wealthy who don't know he has his degree in Veterinary Medicine.

      * This film features the Whitey's Lindy Hoppers in one of the best movie Lindy Hop scenes ever filmed (and in a barn), (1941 Hellzapoppin' being the best.) Bess Flowers and Dorothy Dandridge are in this film but do not dance.  Vivian Faye does a blue colored " Water Carnival" ballet scene. The Whitey's Lindy Hoppers have a great full length scene in which they dance the Lindy Hop. Herbert 'Whitey' White is also seen in the center background of the dancers. If your a Marx brothers fan or if you are a swing dancer you will like the film, this is a MUST HAVE Swing Dance video.

A Day At The Races - Tiny Bunch A Day At The Races 2 A Day At The Races 3 A Day At The Races 4

More Film Information below

Film Date:



1937 Metro Goldwyn Meyer (MGM) Sam Wood [DVD | VHS | Download]


Country Made:


111 Minutes USA English Color

Film Genre:

Featured Dancer

Featured Dance

Dance Rating

Comedy / Musical Whitey's Lindy Hoppers Lindy Hop EXCELLENT!!!

Known Dancers


Known Actors / Actresses

Bess Flowers (didn't dance) Allan Jones
Billy Richter (Lindy) Dorothy Dandridge
DeForest Covan Ivie Anderson
Dot Miller (Lindy) Marx Brothers
George Greenridge (Lindy) Maureen O'Sullivan
Johnny Innis (Lindy-1st male)


Leon James (Lindy) David Gould
Norma Miller (Lindy) Herbert White (Assistant Lindy Scene)
Snooky Beasly (Lindy)  
Tiny Bunch    
Vivien Fay (Ballet?)    

Dances performed in this film   

Special Dance Interest

Lindy Hop n/a Vernacular Dance
Ballet   Whitey's Lindy Hoppers
    Water Ballet

free audio preview clip

Some Music Titles in Film

Bands / Musicians / Singers

Posters / Lobby Cards

All Gods Chillun' Got Rhythm [mp3] Dorothy Dandridge $ Color 11X17 (mod style)
An der schö nen, blauen Donau [mp3] Johann Straub $ 11X17 Tall(Tall Thin style)
Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen Henry Thacker Burleigh $ Belgian Version
Cosi-Cosa Walter Jurmann, Bronislau Kaper $ Foreign Movie Poster
Tomorrow is Another Day Ivie Anderson $ Theatre Poster
    Crinoline Choir $ White Background USA Poster


$ A Day At The Races OST      

Stage versions of the film

Stage Date

Cast Recording(s) Available

Sheet Music Covers

n/a n/a n/a All God's Chillun' Got Rhythm

Books Available on this film ...

Title Author Date Published Publisher
$ A Day At The Races Film Script Robert Pirosh 1972 Viking Press
Life Magazine (A Day at the Races article) by Henry R. Luce 6/21/1937  


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