Film / A Day at the Races
The next Marx Brothers
film after A Night at the Opera
, that follows pretty closely in the same mould.
Judy Standish's (Maureen O'Sullivan) Sanitarium is under threat of being taken over by unscrupulous businessman Morgan, who wants to demolish it and expand his real estate monopoly. The only hope for Judy is if she can keep the wealthy hypochondriac Mrs Upjohn (Margaret Dumont) as a permanent patient, who will only stay if the sanitorium hires her favourite physician, Dr Hugo Z. Hackenbush (Groucho Marx). Unfortunately for Mrs Upjohn, Hackenbush is actually a confidence-trickstering veterinarian, who has to avoid being caught out by either Morgan' cronies, the Florida Medical Board or Mrs Upjohn.
Meanwhile, Chico Marx and Harpo Marx play a sanitarium worker and a former jockey who have to save Hackenbush from a Femme Fatale
employed by Morgan, while simultaneously trying to get the racehorse owned by the sanitarium owner's fiancée Gil into race-winning condition.
In addition to the usual tropes exhibited by the Marx Brothers, this film provides examples of: