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    A Day At The Races (MGM, 1937). Midget Window Card (8" X 14"). By the time the Marx Brothers left Paramount after Duck Soup (1933), they were already major stars, having conquered both Broadway and the silver screen. Their subsequent move to MGM, and their all-too-brief association with wunderkind Irving Thalberg, resulted in two of the funniest pictures of their careers, A Night at the Opera and A Day at the Races. In the latter, Groucho plays Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush (his character originally bore the surname Quackenbush, but changed it to avoid possible lawsuits when MGM's legal department became aware of at least a dozen real doctors with that name), a horse doctor illicitly running a sanitarium. From there, things get really strange! Thalberg died soon after shooting began on this picture, and many critics, as well as Groucho himself, thought that the Marx Brothers' films were never again quite as good. Paper from this period in the Marx Brother's career is very scarce and extremely sought after. This card has had the top imprint area professionally replaced and shows some very slight edge wear. Other than that, this attractive piece, with its charming caricatures of the three brothers, is a beauty; a great piece from a classic film. From the Collection of Denver Sherry. Fine/Very Fine.

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