• Bill Baker

    ★★★ Rewatched by Bill Baker 28 Aug, 2014

    Get your tootsie-frootsie ice cream! Interesting to see the poster saying "the years BIG laugh, music and girl show!" An acknowledgement that this is the motion picture descendent of burlesque and minstrel shows, with all the sociopolitical implications. I have to say that in spite of minstrel show stereotypes, my favorite scene in the movie is the Ivie Anderson number "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm", with its incredible swing dancing sequence. And then there's that weird water ballet. There is…


  • Amy Ashdown

    ★★★★ Watched by Amy Ashdown 10 Aug, 2014

    Whilst A Day at the Races isn't the best Marx brothers film, it is still filled with enough zany humour to not disappoint. Groucho still has zingy one-liners ("either he's dead or my watch has stopped") and Harpo's 'Wreckmaninoff' sequence is brilliant. With the longest running time of any Marx bros. movie, the film drags a bit, and there are a few too many awkward pauses to let the audience catch up with the jokes. However, I really enjoyed it and it was the perfect movie for a rainy Sunday afternoon.


  • Daniel

    ★★★★½ Watched by Daniel 01 Oct, 1993

    One of my early favorite movies.


  • anne_f_

    ★★★½ Watched by anne_f_ 25 Jul, 2014

    More Marx brothers silliness. The comedy doesn't quite work as well as it should, but perhaps that's because I'm three quarters of a century too young?


  • Warren

    ★★★½ Watched by Warren 01 Aug, 2014

    This is my second Marx Bros feature. The first was A Night in Casablanca, which was fun and exciting. This one also has some great moments, but what I came to realize is that A Night in Casablanca recycled some material from this film -- two whole scenes, practically. I'm curious to see if A Night at the Opera has anything I've seen in these two. And one of these days I'll also have to get to Duck Soup, which…


  • Dragonknight

    ★★★★ Watched by Dragonknight 24 Jul, 2014 4

    Film #19 of Project 30

    ”Hey, don't drink that poison! That's $4.00 an ounce!”

    Anarchy. That is the key concept in the universe of Marx Brothers. Their comedy is built around mayhem and chaos, they don’t pay attention to any kind of discipline and with an insane and wild sense of humor they symbolically restructure and rebuild the boring world we’re living in. The final 20 minutes or so of A Day at the Races is a great example of…


  • Tyler Foster

    ★★★★½ Watched by Tyler Foster 31 Jan, 2014

    Of the Marx Brothers films with endless musical sequences (all of them?), A Day at the Races may be the worst offender, not just containing a barn dance that went on so long I dozed off briefly, but throwing in the trio in blackface for good measure. Other than that, though, it's one of their funniest films.


  • Monica Pallotta

    ★★★ Watched by Monica Pallotta 18 Jun, 2014

    although the plot was a little inflated, "a day at the races" has been the funniest marx brother movie i've seen yet.
    it has it all; wisecracks from chico, slapstick from harpo and innuendo like no other from groucho.
    i really enjoyed the film and all it had to offer. rarely does a movie make me cackle and roll around the floor but this one really did.
    this film gets a 3/5, i think it's a fair score because although…


  • laird

    ★★★½ Rewatched by laird 10 May, 2014

    more like "A Day at the Racist." Well, not really, but it's the only Marx Brothers movie I can think of that has blackface and stereotypical, retrograde depiction of African Americans. More problematic in regards to my enjoyment is the bloat. For all of the story development, settings, and Hollywood polish this has compared to their earlier films, the best sequences are still just the Marx Brothers going bananas on a sound stage. The "tootsie-frootsi ice cream salesman" sequence may…


  • Joe

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Joe 10 May, 2014 1

    Probably the most efficient Commercial Marx Bros Delivery Device there is (despite its inflated running time), for good and for bad. The good is that on the level of individual bits, this is near the top of the heap, with the "Tutsi Fruitsy" routine getting my vote for number 1 Marx Bros jam of all time. The bad is that it's completely merciless in trying to make the Brothers "likeable" at all costs, regardless of entertainment value. From what I…


  • fourstarfilmfan

    ★★★★ Added by fourstarfilmfan

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.


  • Mark Mierzejewski

    ★★★★ Watched by Mark Mierzejewski 30 Apr, 2014

    How have I never seen a Marx Brothers film? Take away my movie buff card!

    The comedic set pieces are predictably excellent and fine-tuned, without losing any of the chaotic, anything-can-happen feel. I was surprised to be so thoroughly entertained in other areas, with song, dance, even a little romance.

    I'm looking forward to watching the rest of the Marx movies soon.