Day at the Races

1937
Directed by Sam Wood
This very fun Marx Brothers film is considered among the 100 funniest films of all times. In it Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers dance to All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm. Whitey himself can be seen on the sidelines. He is identifiable by the streak of white in his hair.
This scene, like the Lindy Hop sequence in Hellzapoppin’, has no connection to the main plot of the movie, so that it could be cut from the film when it was shown in the Deep South and other segregated venues. The African-American
people in the dance scene are portrayed as innocent and happy, a common stereotype of the time. The appearance of the Marx brothers in blackface may be shocking to modern audiences, but was meant to be no more than a harmless disguise at the time the film was made.

Cast:

Groucho, Chico, and Harpo Marx

Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers :
Dorothy Miller (Norma Miller’s sister)and Johnny (last name?)
Norma Miller and Leon James
Ella Gibson and George Grenidge
Snooky Beasley and Willa Mae Ricker
Ella Gibson and George Grenidge

This content was originally written by Judy Pritchett with Frank Manning. Copyright, 1995, 1996, 1997 for the savoystyle.com. It may not be reproduced without written permission. Please use the contact form on this website to get in touch. This Biography is also part of the World Lindy Hop Federation Archives maintained by Keith Hughes.

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