A 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. There is a brief appearance of the Marx brothers covered in coal soot, a clear reference to blackface performance which may be shocking to modern audiences.


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

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